'Just get me to the church on time'

A wedding is supposed to be a day to remember but for Louise Stewart, 28, it was almost memorable for all the wrong reasons.

The bride-to-be had to be rescued from the M5 on her wedding day after her 1955 Armstrong Siddeley Sapphire wedding car broke down.

Stranded in full wedding attire on the Aztec West roundabout in Bristol, Miss Stewart and her father were 10 miles away from groom Dave Carter, 30, who was awaiting her arrival in Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire. But in the nick of time, and much to Miss Stewart's relief, two police officers came to her rescue and drove her in their patrol car to the country mansion venue.

Police officers Chris Gowler and Paul Wiltshire, of the Avon and Somerset Police, ensured the bride arrived on time despite the breakdown.

"They said they could get us there by 2pm and they did, although we went so fast that my dress was over my head and I had to hold on really tight.

"Without them we would never have got there on time and the day would have been a disaster," she told the Bristol Evening Post.

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