Snow blanketed the country just before Christmas and 4x4 drivers in Kent rushed to help to get a snowbound bride, Karen Rawlins, to the church on time. Karen of Dartford, was devastated when she woke to find a carpet of thick snow had fallen overnight before her wedding day and thinking she would have to cancel her wedding to John Lee because no one would be able to get to the church. Following an appeal on BBC Radio Kent, on behalf of the snowbound couple, listeners with 4x4s helped transport the bride and groom and 45 guests to the church along a narrow lane in the remote village of Dode, near Luddesdown. At very short notice, the group of volunteers helped get the couple's guests from the Premier Inn in Gravesend where the wedding party had spent the night, and from the Leather Bottle in Cobham to the ceremony in their 4x4 vehicles. Speaking before the ceremony Karen's sister, Tracey Spellman, said: "When my sister woke up this morning she was very quiet. "When we started to have the calls through from the radio that there were cars coming, she was crying. Volunteer John Goffin, 62, from Gillingham, who witnessed the service said: "A friend phoned me and said there had been an appeal on Radio Kent. I said I had a Land Rover Discovery and was quite happy to ferry some people to help out. I think it's great to be able to do something like this. You do it because you want to."
After the church service, the volunteers ferried the party to the Leather Bottle in The Street, Cobham. Following the ceremony in picturesque Dode church the new Mrs Lee said "I think we had both resigned ourselves this morning to it not happening, then when all these people started pulling together and we realised we could get married, it was just unbelievable. It was a dream come true. We changed lots of things and cut short some things, but we had the ceremony and service and got married on the day we had planned. That's through the generosity of so many people. It's been absolutely amazing, I'm lost for words and can't thank people enough for their generosity, it's not what you expect really. In total there's been about seven or eight 4x4s and Land Rovers."
The Lancashire Telegraph reported that commuters suffered travel chaos as the road traffic struggled to cope with the winter weather. It recorded another positive note for Land Rover owners when it said that in Blackburn, a stranded single-decker bus was towed by a Land Rover Discovery up Rosewood Ave and Openshaw Drive. Resident Cindy Rhodes, said: "It just shows how public spirit is still alive and well in snowy Blackburn."
The Queen braved the snow to attend church in Sandringham, Norfolk when the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip drove his wife from the house through the snowy grounds up to the church on the estate in a green Range Rover.
Somewhere else someone thought it newsworthy that Coronation Street star Ryan Thomas was being comforted by on-screen lover Michelle Keegan after splitting from girlfriend Tina O'Brien. The report suggested that pair were spotted 'looking cosy' when they left the soap's Granada TV studios in Manchester in his Range Rover.