Tributes are paid to snow fall victim

07 December 2010

NEIGHBOURS of a man found dead in the snow have spoken of their shock at his death.

It is believed 64-year-old Peter Andrews died while clearing snow behind his house in Moulton Way, in the Eastbourne area of Darlington.

His body was discovered by a friend on Sunday morning.

It is thought it could have lain there overnight.

His death comes in the same week that The Northern Echo launched the Winter Relief Appeal, which aims to help the County Durham Community Foundation raise £250,000 to distribute to charities that help vulnerable people in the cold weather.

Sandra and Gillian Moss, whose yard backs on to Mr Andrews’ home, said they were both extremely shocked at his death.

“I spoke to him on Thursday and he was talking about the weather, saying how awful it was, and that was the last time we saw him,” said Sandra. “It was very unexpected – he seemed a pretty fit man. He was a lovely gentleman.

It was such a terrible thing to happen.

“You couldn’t have asked for a nicer neighbour.”

Mr Andrews had lived in Moulton Way for nearly ten years and has a son who lives in Sweden and a daughter in the south of England.

He had taken early retirement from a factory in Newton Aycliffe.

His next-door neighbour, John Sanworth, said: “He kept himself to himself, but he seemed a nice bloke.

“It’s awful, you’ve got to be so careful in this weather.

“I had a nasty fall last winter, you’ve got to take your time with everything.”

Police are not treating Mr Andrews’ death as suspicious.

Last week, two pensioners in Cumbria were found dead in the freezing conditions that swept the country.

County Durham Community Foundation’s website now has a page dedicated to the Winter Relief Appeal where visitors can find out how to make a pledge, donate to the fund or apply for a grant.

Barbara Gubbins, chief executive of the County Durham Community foundation, said: “Today has been a hive of activity as our staff have dedicated their time to the Winter Relief Appeal, taking telephone pledges and donations, setting up our online facilities and making sure we are geared up and well prepared to help those who need it most.”

To make a donation, visit, call 0191-378-6345 or send a cheque payable to County Durham Community Foundation marked Winter Relief Appeal on the reverse.