Sat nav leaves Devizes wedding guests stranded in a field

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: The wedding guests disembark as the coach gets stuck The wedding guests disembark as the coach gets stuck

A wedding party from Devizes thought they would never get to the church on time when their coach’s satellite navigation unit led them into the middle of a muddy field.

Some 30 guests travelling to the wedding of Devizes couple Andrew Stalham and Laura Goodman were astonished when the vintage coach they were in became stuck in field a mile or so short of the venue, Old Wardour Castle near Tisbury.

Barbara Roberts, one of the guests and manager of the One Stop Shop in Eastleigh Road, said: “The sat nav being used by the coach driver directed us down a road unsuitable for heavy vehicles.

“On finding the junction at the end of the road too tight to turn either left or right, the driver decided to use the entrance to the field in front of him to turn the bus around. Unfortunately, the driver ventured too far into the field and was unable to reverse back out.

“The driver then decided to drive fully into the planted field with the intention of turning the coach around but was unable to get back up the slight incline, at which point the passengers disembarked.”

Residents from nearby farms and houses attempted to push the coach out and a convoy of vehicles, including one driven by best man Luke Swinburne, ferried the guests to the venue.

Mrs Roberts said: “All the guests thankfully arrived before the bride and the ceremony went without a hitch.”

After being towed out of the field by a farmer with a very large tractor the vintage coach made it to Old Wardour Castle in time to transport the guests back to Devizes for the wedding breakfast held at the Wyvern Club.

Mrs Roberts said: “The driver blamed it on his sat nav. We were able to laugh about it later on.”

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11:56am Tue 22 Oct 13

Harry_Collier says...

Coach and lorry drivers should buy a map. Satellite navigation systems are rarely tailored to the size or capabilities of a given vehicle. A friend of mine had a disastrous coach journey from Birmingham Airport to Bristol Airport when the coach driver followed his satnav rather than the prominent airport signs round Bristol.
Coach and lorry drivers should buy a map. Satellite navigation systems are rarely tailored to the size or capabilities of a given vehicle. A friend of mine had a disastrous coach journey from Birmingham Airport to Bristol Airport when the coach driver followed his satnav rather than the prominent airport signs round Bristol. Harry_Collier

1:16pm Tue 22 Oct 13

commonasmuck says...

What kind of driver would drive a coach in to a field ?
What kind of driver would drive a coach in to a field ? commonasmuck

1:32pm Tue 22 Oct 13

Mr.Dan says...

The title of this news report should be "Stupid driver ignores instincts and common sense leaving Devizes wedding guests stranded in a field"
The title of this news report should be "Stupid driver ignores instincts and common sense leaving Devizes wedding guests stranded in a field" Mr.Dan

3:51pm Tue 22 Oct 13

Fluffy peppa says...

This is so funny :)
Great story by the way!!
Maybe the coach driver should of been plotting the journey using a map before setting out. Research & planning.

I'm still laughing.....sounds like a carry on film!
This is so funny :) Great story by the way!! Maybe the coach driver should of been plotting the journey using a map before setting out. Research & planning. I'm still laughing.....sounds like a carry on film! Fluffy peppa

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