Lea Cars Land Rover wedding car working a miracle in the Cumbrian floods

At 8.00am on the morning of Saturday 5th December – the day of the terrible Cumbrian floods – bridegroom Bryn Dilworth rang to tell me not to come in the Bentley Arnage. The road between Kendal and Windermere is closed he said and the road between Windermere where he and all the guests were staying and the Merewood Country House Hotel, on the way to Ambleside, where the wedding is to take place, is also closed. He said he doubted that he would be getting married that day. I suggested I went instead in the Lea Cars Land Rover Discovery.

To cut a very long story short Chauffeur Richard did six trips from Windermere ferrying first Bryn and best man Sam, then 22 guests – parents, relations and friends – through torrents of deep floodwater to the Merewood so that the ceremony could start – albeit at 2.15pm instead of 1.00pm. All part of the Lea Cars ‘Service with a Difference’.

Then all went ahead as planned, sort of, although the guests without a room there stayed the night sleeping in the bar area.

By next morning the water had subsided enough for minibuses to get through and the guests could leave.


“Thank you so much for everything – we really are grateful to you and all the trouble you went to to get guests to us. We gave you a mention in the speech and raised a glass to you for all your help. We are currently honeymooning in Mauritius but when we get back we will definitely write a few testimonials for you on your blog/ websites etc. It would be our absolute pleasure. Meg has mentioned you on her Facebook page with thanks and is conscious to get you recognition for your above and beyond service and efforts made on such a stressful and worrying day.

We will also emphasise to all those you collected to also do the same (we will tell them how etc ) and we are sure they will be more than happy too. We are still keeping up to date with the news and just hope you’re ok and keeping safe. Speak to you soon. Thank you so much again,
A very grateful and emotional Bride and Groom”.

Bryn and Megan Dilworth

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog. If you are interested in our Wedding Car Hire services please visit the website Leaweddingcars.co.uk.

Our beautiful fleet of cars include the Rolls Royce Corniche Convertible, Bentley Arnage, Mercedes Limousine, Jaguar Sovereign, Jaguar XK8 Sports to our Classic Morris Minor. We are based in Preston, however cover the North West of England, we also offer additional services i.e. Video, Serving Champagne and happy to do multiple trips for the Bride or Groom.

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