The driver of a huge lorry thought he could find Santa Pod by following Souldrop’s Back Lane on Tuesday afternoon. Ignoring the sign for a weak bridge, he preferred to believe his Sat-Nav than take responsible precautions on the road. Once he had driven up to the gates at Colworth he decided to open a farm gate and trespass on the farmers field at Windmill Hill in a bid to turn his enormous lorry around and return to the main road.
The farmer watched on incredulously after being alerted by neighbours of a 30 ton truck stuck in her field where sheep are grazing. The lorry had attempted to circle round the pasture land before becoming stuck tight in the mud about half way round. A tow truck at the scene also struggled in the mud to free the lorry.
A tow truck struggles to free the stuck truck
People of Souldrop have made countless home-made signs to alert drivers, but these have been absent recently. It is known that one was destroyed by council workers strimming Back Lane last year.
Despite numerous requests for official signs to inform drivers, the traffic authorities has declined to supply one sign. Perhaps some insurance claims should be made to the the traffic authorities for time lost at work by the Souldrop farming community not to mention compensation for damage done to pasture land?
Either way – it is not recommended that drivers attempt to gain access to Santa Pod across country!
At the time of writing it was unclear whether or not the truck rescue was successful.
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Our Mayday Queen!
May the 1st 2013 saw a bright blue gloriously sunny day as something of a contrast to the lingering grey and snows of a few weeks ago. With the hawthorn blossom decorating the green lanes in the neighbourhood and as an act of joyous elation, a crown of hawthorn flowers was created to celebrate the joys of spring. Our very own EJ ‘volunteered’ to become a queen for a day and frolic around the imaginary Souldrop village maypole!