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Last Updated: Saturday, 10 February 2007, 10:53 GMT
School trip stranded by snowfall
Police had to help two Derbyshire school coaches which became stranded in the High Peak area after heavy snowfall on Friday, a parent said.

Liz Wright, 33, of Hope, said officers were called to dig out the buses which were stuck in the Peak Forest at about 1830 GMT.

She said the coaches arrived in Calver two hours later after a police escort and parents drove out to meet them.

The coach returned to the school later that evening, she added.

'Tiring day'

Ms Wright said her daughter Eilish, 12, was one of about 80 year eight pupils who had set off on the trip to the Tate Gallery in Liverpool from the Hope school at about 0900 GMT on Friday.

She said it had been a very worrying and tiring day for her family and they eventually returned home at about 2145 GMT.

"I did not want her to go in the first place in the bad weather," Ms Wright said.

"When she called to say she was stuck I was really panicked. They [the police] tried to take them to Bradwell but couldn't get through and then managed to get them to Calver.

"We drove out to pick her up but the weather was terrible - a normal 15 minute journey back from there took about an hour."

'Memorable day'

A statement on the Hope Valley College website on Saturday said "thank you to all parents with children on this trip for their patience and understanding".

It read: "Coaches were running on time up to Peak Forest but an incident from earlier in the day was still causing problems at that point. A later incident between The Anchor crossroads and Bradwell caused a further delay.

"We hope all the students had a memorable day."

Cheshire Police said several roads had been closed to traffic because of the bad weather on Friday, but added that police vehicles and gritting lorries were working to make the roads safe.


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