Fun in the sun as demand for fans rockets

Families have fun in the sun as the summer heatwave continues at Mesnes Park. Sarah Woolham with son Tommy (two) and daughter Jessica (11 months)
Families have fun in the sun as the summer heatwave continues at Mesnes Park. Sarah Woolham with son Tommy (two) and daughter Jessica (11 months)
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AS Wiganers desperately try to cool down during the hearwave, demand is at an all-time high for fans.

Electric fans are looking like a rarity in the borough as shops are fast running out and are unable to source new ones as suppliers are unable to meet record orders.

Daniel Grace, store manager of City Electrical Factors, in Clayton Street, Wigan, was disappointed to have to refuse a large order from the NHS for 100 pedestal fans as he had nowhere to buy them.

He said: “We only have a few left, but when they go, I won’t be able to get hold of any more.

“I had to turn down two big orders from the NHS as I have been unable to get hold of the stock. It has gone mad!

“It would have been great if I had enough stock as I could have made a lot more money, but as it stands I can’t fulfil the orders.”

Steve Leighton, sales assistant at Edmondsons Electrical, also in Clayton Street, said: “We have sold a lot of fans, but now I am struggling to get hold of them as everyone is buying them.

“We only have 16in desk fans left, but we had lots of different sizes before.

“Suppliers are also struggling to get more in now too.”

Shops and supermarkets are also experiencing a surge in sales for bottles of water, barbecue items, swimwear, suncream and Pimms.

And as people are taking to the parks, ice cream is another favourite that people cannot get enough of. Just Desserts, in Atherton Road, Hindley, picked the perfect time to open, scooping major sales in its first few weeks of trade thanks to the hot weather.

Craig Saetta, owner, said: “We have had people queuing up down the road on a few occasions and we have sold out a few times.

“But we are ordering more stock per day because of the demand.”