A bride-to-be stranded after breaking down on a dual carriageway got to the church on time thanks to a kind-hearted police inspector.
Lydia Evans-Hughes, 29, was given a lift to the church after the vintage car she was travelling in conked out at the side of the A55 near Chester.
Lydia had been in the vehicle with parents Yvette and Alan Fletcher, when disaster struck on Friday, August 27.
But traffic police arrived to save the day with Inspector Matt Geddes personally ensuring the bride arrived in time to tie the knot with partner Tidhur Evans-Hughes, 31, at St Mary’s Church in Eccleston, Cheshire.
Lydia, of Wrexham, North Wales, said: ‘I was staying at the reception venue the night before.
‘But when the car pulled off from there it was fine for the first five miles – then it just gave up the ghost.
‘I was worried I’d have to climb over the crash barrier and be left stood at the side of the road.
‘They saw it was a wedding car and offered us a lift. That was the first time in the day that I had tears of relief.’
The bride’s transport had left Soughton Hall, near Mold, and was travelling down the A55 to the church when it broke down.
Inspector Geddes put his ‘blues and twos’ to ensure the bridal party arrived in spectacular style.
‘Because of how fast it all happened and how promptly they turned up I wasn’t very late at all – you couldn’t have planned it better,’ Lydia said.
‘I’m just incredibly happy. All in all it did go brilliantly.’
It was third time lucky for the happy couple who were forced to delay their wedding twice due to the pandemic.
‘The fact we were finally able to have our day and everyone was able to be there is just priceless. It was such a lovely ending,’ the bride added.
‘The most incredible and sincere thanks to the police. Without them what would we have done?’
Civil servant Lydia and plumbing and heating engineer Tidur got engaged in November 2018 following a six-year romance.
Lydia added: ‘I hope it will be smooth sailing now and we can settle down and enjoy married life.’
Insp Geddes, of North Wales Police, wished the couple a ‘long and happy life together’, adding: ‘I was glad to have been of help.’
Police also shared the incident on Twitter, including a photo showing the stranded bridal party at the side of the road.
Traffic Wales wrote: ‘The course of true love never did run smooth…
‘Our traffic officers arrived on scene this afternoon to help assist a bride in a broken-down vehicle!’
The tweet added: ‘Wishing the bride & groom all the best!’
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