High water at Cockermouth

When W H (Billy) Paterson was confronted with the sight of his timber yard resembling a boating lake on 19 November last year there was little he could do initially but wait for the water to go down. After 36 hours of continuous rain the nearby river had burst its banks with devastating effect for Cockermouth and Workington, and the Paterson timber yard at nearby Brigham incorporating the businesses of brothers Billy and Jim Paterson was flooded up to a depth of several feet.

In fact the loss adjuster for the insurance company had to arrive by boat! However a call to Nottingham based woodworking machinery specialists Daltons soon put both companies back on the road to recovery. Daltons Technical Director Steve Balchin travelled up to Cumbria to see the damage for himself and assess what was required and after discussions with both Billy and Jim Paterson and Alex Dalton a plan of action agreed involving in one case the supply of a new Stenner ST100R Band Resaw and replacement electrics for an existing Stenner Log Saw together with refurbishment work on a number of other joinery machines.

In the workshop next door belonging to Jim Paterson almost a clean sweep was required with the result that the workshop was re-equipped with new Sedgwick woodworking machines includingSpindle Moulder, Sawbench, Planer/ Thicknesser and Tenonertogether with new dust extraction equipment.

The Paterson brothers represent part of a family tradition working with timber in the area, Billy with his wife Pat specialising in timber supply and fencing manufacture and brother Jim and his son Raymond in the manufacture and supply of joinery products. Re-equipped by Daltons and with a loyal customer base in this part of Cumbria they all now look forward to improving economic conditions and less rainfall!

Alex Dalton commented “Business sometimes comes to us by unusual means and serious flood damage is perhaps not an obvious one but we were delighted to have the opportunity of playing our part in assisting both the Patersons in getting their businesses operational again in the shortest possible time.”


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