Brides’ big day saved by police after wedding coach breaks down

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Brides’ big day saved by police after wedding coach breaks down

Police gave two brides a lift to their marriage ceremony after the coach carrying their wedding party broke down.

The brides, Jemma and Sian Batchelor-Thomas, were worried they wouldn’t be able to get to the register office where the pair were due to tie the knot but according to Hampshire Constabulary, its officers were: “In the right place at the right time.”

They were able to give the couple a lift to their wedding venue while other members of the bridal party were able to get lifts from passing motorists.

The brides told the BBC that despite a very stressful day everyone was able to make it on time.

Jemma said: “It was a really intimate service so we booked the coach from the hotel where we were staying so everyone could relax and enjoy the journey.

“That obviously didn’t happen because after 10 minutes we broke down.

“The guests thought we were joking.”

The brides’ vehicle had broken down in Hedge End, just east of Southampton, about half an hour before the wedding ceremony began. At the time, they were still a half an hour’s drive away, Jemma added.

Sian told the BBC that “one of the bridal party saw the police car and asked them if they could give us a lift”.

Brides with police officers

Pic: Hampshire Constabulary

In a Facebook post, Hedge End Police’s Neighbourhood Team said they were happy to have come “to the rescue” and given the women a “lift in style to their wedding venue”.

“We wish them all the best and a happy future together,” PCSO Rachel said.

“Everyone was just so kind and supportive – all the members of the public, the people who gave our witnesses a lift. There were so many nice messages from random people,” Jemma told the BBC

“Being a same-sex couple, that was massive – there were no negative comments.”

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