Nottingham

Social club in Kirkby-in-Ashfield damaged in high winds

Structural engineers are to assess the safety of a Nottinghamshire social club after a freak storm.

Eye witnesses said strong winds lifted the roof and blew tiles off the Coronation Club on Bannerman Road in Kirkby-in-Ashfield.

Nobody was hurt during the storm, which happened around 1500 BST on Thursday.

A roofer was called in to make the roof safe. The club has now put in a claim to its insurers and is awaiting a structural engineer's report.

Rain and hailstones lashed down on the roof and the wind picked up ridge tiles, sending debris crashing to the ground.

Maureen Clarke, a neighbour who saw what happened, said: "There were sheets and signs and all sorts flying everywhere.

"It was really frightening, it (the storm) was just like a steam train going through the garden, and it was over in about two minutes but it was really, really frightening."