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Sledge sell-out

PUBLISHED: 17:13 13 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:23 23 August 2010

SNOW-MAD residents went crazy for sledges on Saturday morning as shops were completely sold out within minutes. Aptly-named Mad Sales, in Queen Street, Gravesend, sold their last 18 by 9.30am and the Reporter was on the scene to catch the madness. Selli

SNOW-MAD residents went crazy for sledges on Saturday morning as shops were completely sold out within minutes.

Aptly-named Mad Sales, in Queen Street, Gravesend, sold their last 18 by 9.30am and the Reporter was on the scene to catch the madness.

Selling for £8.99 each we purchased two sledges only to be offered £40 for both of them by a shopper who arrived too late to snap up the last few.

Jaspir Basra, who has owned the hardware store since 1988, sold about 300 on Friday when the first heavy snow of the week covered north Kent.

He said: "People have gone crazy. I can't believe it. If we had another 300 we would sell them.

"People are literally desperate to get their hands on them and have been squabbling to get the last few. It's all pretty harmless but those who miss out have been leaving really gutted. It's been a mad few days."

As shoppers clambered for sledges a blizzard hit the town centre adding to the several centimetres that had fallen over night.

Those in Meopham, Cobham and surrounding villages woke to several inches of snow.

Richard Ray, of specialist toy store Nuxley Toy Store, (pictured) based in Milton Road, Gravesend, said he has been inundated with requests.

Sold out he directed frantic shoppers to Mad House. He said: "I have been inundated. We sold hundreds, and actually sold out."

Harj Grewal, 38, and his son Ashwin Grewal, 10, of Pelham Road, Gravesend, were lucky enough to grab a sledge.

Mr Grewal said: "We are off to Woodlands Park and if we are feeling brave Windmill Hill. "People have clearly had enough of moaning about transport delays and un-gritted roads. Now it's the weekend and we want to have some fun."

But it was not all bad news for those who failed to find a sledge in time. Resourceful youngsters made sledges from 'For Sale' and 'For Rent' signs ripped from gardens, wooden pallets, tea trays, number plates and one youngster was spotted using a real snowboard on the hill at Whitehill Road.

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