Standing up against storm

First published in Postbag

MY husband and I were travelling from Salisbury on Friday afternoon.

The weather was appalling as we came to a place called Compton Chamberlayne.

There was a horrendous flood and the road was pretty impassable at this time. A very wet lady was directing traffic away from a row of cottages opposite a cricket pitch.

She was standing in about a foot of water and cars were creating a wave which no doubt flooded into quaint little cottages.

Being on tour from the States, it was with dismay that on our return, not knowing if it was even passable, the water was worse and the lady was still there. Do you not have emergency services for such a thing?

It was also on a particularly dangerous bend, on which we later heard there had already been a nasty accident before the flood.

We would like to say a big thank you, as I am sure not only did she save many engines from flooding, but probably prevented more accidents.

By the time we returned the road was only just passable and this saint, whoever she was, thanked people for slowing down.

Many were grateful, as we saw them stop and have a word. Unfortunately, there is always some idiot with go faster stripes who would think it amusing to soak her even more.

Unfortunately, England is no longer the green and pleasant land we remembered, but we were most grateful for this show of the gallantry that England used to be known for.

Annie and Guy Fortes, New York


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