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Sat nav leaves Devizes wedding guests stranded in a field
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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