A guest, G, does my post for me today. On Saturday we had a good inch of wet snow. It threw the whole place into chaos as drivers forgot how to drive in such conditions and folk ended up on hills crossways on on the road. This morning G sent me an e mail - here it is:
Leyburn Band was asked to play at the wedding of two Band members on Saturday. We started playing at 12.30 and the wedding was due to start at 1pm. We played and played, no bride. Got to 1.30, still no bride. She was travelling from Richmond (North Yorkshire) to Leyburn, a distance of eleven miles. Unfortunately she was in a vintage Rolls Royce, not good in snow. They got stuck several times and tried different routes. Meanwhile we carried on playing, eventually taking requests from the congretation for their favourite carols. The traffic outside the church was at a standstill, cars getting stuck on the hill in the covering of snow. We carried on playing until the poor bride arrived - 90 minutes late! She looked a little flustered, but beautiful with it. The service was lovely, possibly helped by the feelings of relief that she had finally arrived. Altogether we played over three and a half hours. I think that will be a day that the bride and groom will not forget!
Thank you G for setting the scene on a snowy day. Incidentally we drove through the dale yesterday with no problems at all - just a light covering of snow on the fields and the river well down - no sign of the recent flooding at all. Today the snow (all inch of it) is disappearing and we are back to normal. I hate to think what would happen should we get a real downfall.