Bride stranded in snow makes it to the church on time after getting a lift in a passing Land Rover


A bride stranded by snow had her big day saved by a stranger after he drove her to the church on time – in his Land Rover.

Emma Burton, 28, thought she might have to cancel her nuptials with hubby Tony Liddell, 24, after heavy snow made roads to their local chapel impassable.

But her quick-thinking dad Victor, 54, called a local radio station in a desperate appeal for help.

Luckily, generous 4×4 owner Dave Hunt, 51, was listening to the broadcast whilst driving his Land Rover and immediately called to offer his help.

The plumber and his wife Margaret then drove blushing bride Emma and her bridesmaids from her parent’s house to St Saviour Church in Smallthorne, Stoke-on-Trent.

Thanks to the pair, Emma made it to the church on time and the wedding went off without a hitch on Saturday afternoon.

Delighted Emma said: “Without their help I don’t know how I would have got to the church.

“But thanks to them the day went really well.

“It wasn’t the typical way for a bride to get to the church, but it worked out perfectly.”

Groom Tony added: “We set the date for the wedding 12 months ago.

“When the snow started to fall we were very worried.

“I was absolutely terrified that nobody would be able to get here and it would be a disaster.

“But I can’t thank Dave and Margaret enough. They’ve been like a knight in shining armour coming to save the day.”

Dad Victor said: “It was the weather report, with the amber warning, that scared me more than anything else. I was really panicking.

“I was listening to Signal Radio, so I decided to call them and make an appeal.

“It was a massive relief when we got the call from Dave and Margaret.

“I can’t thank them enough.

“A wedding is so expensive these days, I was so worried that it was all going to go to waste because we couldn’t get to the church.

“It was a smashing day in the end. We had some great photographs when we had a snowball fight at the reception.”

Dave said it was the first time he and Margaret had been recruited to help with a wedding.

He said: “We made two journeys from their house to the church with the bridesmaids and then the bride.

“Then after the service we took them to the pub for the reception.

“The journeys went quite well, but you definitely wouldn’t have been able to get a normal car up their street.

“We’ve had the 4X4 a few years now. This isn’t something we’ve ever been asked to do before, but we were happy to help.”


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