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Ulverston Businesses left to clean up after muck spreader chaos

Ulverston shoppers and business owners kicked up a stink when a farm vehicle accidently covered a busy street in manure.

The hapless driver of a muck spreader inadvertently sprayed its load along King Street, Ulverston, at 11.30am yesterday, much to the displeasure of pedestrians and shopkeepers.

Ralph Spours, estate agent and chairman of the Ulverston Traders’ Association, was one of those who bore the brunt of the splatter.

He said: “It was very appropriate really because I had just been to the bookies to place my wager on the races at Cheltenham.

“The girl there said ‘good luck Ralph’ and then I stepped outside and got covered in muck.”

It was a mixed day at the races for Mr Spours after his unscheduled shower.

Despite the lucky omen, the first horse he backed failed to place but another was able to trot home as winner in race number two.

But he didn’t let his poor fortune get him down in the dumps.

He said: “It was good fun really, quite an amusing story, although I had to go home to get cleaned up. My trousers, my shirt, tie and my hair where all covered and my beautiful tweed jacket. I’m back in the office now, smelling sweetly.

“I wasn’t the only one, there were quite a few of us wiping ourselves down.” Shopfronts along the street also fell foul of the muck spreader.

Nevinsons Carpets received an unwelcome coating of fertiliser. Staff grabbed buckets and sponges to wipe their windows clean.

The driver of the vehicle, who has not been identified, failed to stop at the scene, seemingly unaware of his faux pas.

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