Community spirit praised

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AS everyone is probably aware there was an horrific road traffic accident in Boreham Street in the afternoon of December 17.

The road was completely closed in both directions for some hours as paramedics tried in vain to save the life of the 31-year-old driver of a Mini.

Norman Honeysett, who has the Boreham Mill Nursery opposite the Reid Hall, said the emergency services were fantastic and did everything possible to try to save the life of the young man.

What you may not know is how the community rallied around to give help to motorists who were marooned in atrocious weather conditions.

Norman and Pat Honeysett opened up the Reid Hall and, with the help of James Bond from Scolfes Restaurant, and others, provided a warm and friendly environment and served tea and cakes for a period in excess of four hours.

I am told other residents, too many to mention, also offered the same hospitality from their own homes.

One motorist, stranded by the situation was pleased to accept the offer of accommodation for the night from a stranger.

We often hear how communities pull together in cases of emergency. I think it is important to let you know it happened here in our midst.

Residents co-operated, worked together and pulled out all the stops to ensure the safety and comfort of total strangers who were intending just to pass through the village.

A very big thank you to everyone who helped on that Friday afternoon. You know who you are, we may never know how much you did or the lasting effect it will have on those grateful motorists.

Pam Doodes

District Councillor