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Horse-bolt bride married at last

Sophie and Bob Clarke
The bride and her father arrived at the church this time - unscathed

A bride whose wedding was called off when she was flung from a horse and carriage on the way to the church has finally walked down the aisle.

Sophie Clarke, 29, arrived by car at St Leonard's Church in Bretforton, Worcestershire, on Sunday.

Miss Clarke, of South Littleton, was pushed from the out-of-control trap by her father Bob when the horse bolted.

The animal galloped off after it was spooked in traffic at Blackminster, near Evesham, on 13 December.

Instead of arriving at the church in style, Miss Clarke was taken to Worcestershire Royal Hospital in a neck collar and the wedding was postponed.

She was readmitted to hospital two days later with complications, but has now recovered.

Miss Clarke suffered minor injuries to her head and ankle, while her father was not seriously hurt.

After the incident, Miss Clarke's mother Pauline said her daughter was "lucky to be alive" after the horse galloped towards a level crossing and then in front of a lorry.

The bride married 36-year-old fiance Karl Woods.

Afterwards, she said the wedding had been "absolutely brilliant".

"I am so happy," she said.

"Everything has gone so well, we had our dream wedding."

Mr Woods said he was pleased they got there in the end.

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