Coronavirus-hit Cleckheaton factory reopens

A meat factory in West Yorkshire which was hit by a coronavirus outbreak has reopened today after workers were tested for the virus.

The Kober factory
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Asda supplier Kober announced it was to close last week after a number of workers tested positive for the virus.

Now, Asda says the Cleckheaton factory has been allowed to reopen after being declared fit.

It said: "We have worked collaboratively with Kirklees Council and Public Health England since the site closed over a week ago and they support our decision to reopen.

"The site will re-open on a reduced capacity and only colleagues that have been tested and declared fit to return will be on site.

"While Kirklees Council were satisfied with our existing safety procedures, we have introduced some additional measures as a precaution.

"These include separation of colleagues on different shifts and checking the temperature of colleagues before they enter the site."

Birthday surprise for 90-year-old shopper

Eileen Hamilton

A regular customer has been given a surprise 90th birthday party by Asda store workers.

Former nurse Eileen Hamilton spent her birthday at home due to the coronavirus lockdown.

When staff at the supermarket in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire found out they decorated the outside of her bungalow with balloons, brought her cake and read out birthday messages from her family before singing happy birthday.

Mrs Hamilton said the surprise had been "like a fairytale".

"The thoughtfulness and kindness of people is out of this world," she said.

Asda staff held a socially distanced celebration

Store manager Matt Morris said he had found out about the birthday through their delivery drivers.

He said Mrs Hamilton's family, based in the north of England and New Zealand, "couldn't get to see her" so "we arranged that we would go round and celebrate with her".

"Eileen was taken back a bit by it all and quite emotional," he added.

"She was very thankful and it really made her day. It was amazing to see everyone pull together."

Mrs Hamilton's daughter Christine Maskill, who lives in York, called the gesture "wonderful".

"It was a lovely birthday that will not be forgotten. People are still talking about it."