Okehampton College to the Rescue

Laura White
Laura White

Okehampton College came to the rescue of 82 people, including a couple on honeymoon, who were forced to take shelter at college after being trapped on the A30 Exeter to Bodmin road after ‘significant snow’ fell on Sunday.

Newlyweds Sara and John Lunt who got married in Bristol at the weekend set off on honeymoon on Sunday and became stuck.

Sara said: “We set off and the M5 motorway was fine but we got stuck just outside Okehampton.” Police escorted people to the college where the newly-weds spent their wedding night on a mat in a French class room with twenty other people.

Mr Lund said: “We were heading down to Watergate Bay for what would have been a very luxurious honeymoon in a beautiful bridal suite.”

Richard White, a volunteer rest centre manager, said “We made sure people got a good night’s sleep, we fed them in the morning and when weather permitted, we prepared them to get back in their cars and on their way.”

Devon and Cornwall Police said: “The road changed rapidly from passable to impossible.”

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