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SAVED FROM SNOW DRIFT; Pregnant Karmjeet pulled free.

Byline: MARTIN SHAW News Reporter martin.shaw@examiner.co.uk

THE snow brought out the best in the local community this weekend with many Good Samaritans coming to the aid of others.

Eight-months-pregnant Karmjeet Kaur, of Fenay Bridge, had been out for a curry with four friends to celebrate her 35th birthday. But a fun night at the Cinnamon Lounge at Flockton Moor turned to drama when Karmjeet's VW hit a snow drift.

Karmjeet, who was with friends Alison Ainley, Julie Raper, Tracy Kirk and Sarah Chipperfield, was going nowhere until a passing motorist, Mark Broadhead, stopped to help in his 4x4.

Mark's vehicle was struggling with the elements too when a passing tractor came to the rescue.

Richard Hampshire, 38, and son Jack, 17, of Tractor Farm in Emley Moor, had already hauled two wagons and a car out of trouble to get the nearby Wakefield Road flowing again.

Alison, of Lepton, said she wanted to thank Mark, Richard and Jack and hailed them her "saviours in the snow".

She added: "Karmjeet was fine. She sat in the car eating a Creme Egg while everybody else was pushing and shoving. Well it was her birthday!" Richard, whose farm in Tractor Lane was snowed in, said: "It wasn't a big deal but it was nice to help and give farmers a bit of positive publicity."

Another farmer who trundled to the rescue was Andrew Colwill, 39, of Lower Whitegate Farm at Holmbridge.

He got called out to help a stranded Land Rover Discovery at Holme Moss - and ended up pulling two more vehicles out of huge drifts.

Andrew, who also runs Coddy's Farmshop, said: "I got a call out of the blue on Friday night.

"It was from the boss of a driver who was struck on the tops. She had just Googled the nearest farm and gave me a ring.

"I got in the tractor and went straight up to help.

The drifts were over the top of the bonnet of the 4x4.

It was pretty rough."

While he was up there Andrew came across two other 4x4s, a Mitsubishi Shogun and a Jeep Cherokee, which were also stuck.

"One of them were pretty well prepared. They probably could have dug themselves out but it would have taken ages."

Andrew, whose family has run the farm for over 40 years, said: "These are the worst drifts I have seen in 20 years.

"On Friday night when we rescued the cars the drifts were about 3ft deep. On Saturday they were 4ft or 5ft. All the snow has blown off the fields and has piled up against walls and gates."

Andrew took his tractor out to feed his sheep on Saturday but some fields were only accessible on foot.

Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team were called out four times to help the ambulance service.

One woman was injured in an accident involving a horse at a farm in Upper Cumberworth and the team assisted. They helped paramedics get to a two-year old girl suffering a severe allergic reaction.

The team dispatched a four-wheel-drive vehicle with snow chains to navigate up to the remote hamlet above Hinchliffe Mill, meeting up with a paramedic who had made his way to the scene on foot. She was taken to hospital for treatment.

Moments later they were called to help a Holmbridge woman in her 90s with breathing difficulties. Sunday saw a fourth call to Wilshaw.

Members of Huddersfield's Ahmadiyya Muslim Association had around 15 volunteers clearing snow from outside Lower Fitzwilliam Street mosque and nearby streets.

Association president Fatihul Haq, of Lockwood also helped a man catch a train to Manchester Airport at 4.45am.

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| RESCUE: Pregnant Karmjeet Kaur eats a Creme Egg while waiting for her car to be rescued from a snow drift. Right: Heroes Richard Hampshire and son Jack
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Mar 25, 2013
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