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Police wade through deluge to rescue wedding dress


Wedding couple Gerard Crossin and Caroline Bramwell

Wedding couple Gerard Crossin and Caroline Bramwell

Wedding couple Gerard Crossin and Caroline Bramwell

Two PSNI officers battled through floods to rescue a wedding dress and ensure a bride's big day wasn't ruined by the weather.

Caroline Bramwell's plans were thrown into chaos after heavy rain meant she couldn't collect her outfit - a day before she was to marry Gerard Crossin.

She had hoped to pick up her dress on Thursday en route to the venue in Co Monaghan but the floods which swamped Newry meant the bridal shop at Bridge Street was off-limits.

Fortunately, help was at hand in the form of two police officers who waded through the water to retrieve the dress from the shop.

"I got a phone call last night about 6.30 to say that my dress was in Newry police station wrapped in cling film," Caroline told the BBC. "I received my dress at 9pm last night and they even wrote me a nice little letter attached to the dress, so I'm very, very thankful for both of the officers who rescued the dress wading through that terrible flood."

Her husband-to-be Gerard said: "I received a phone call from Caroline to say that she wasn't going to get the dress and there was a silence from myself because up to the wedding there have been a number of challenges.

"Then I burst out laughing, Caroline burst out laughing and we just thought, 'let's just try and enjoy the day'. Even if she had to come up the aisle in a tracksuit, I would still love her."

On Newry PSNI's Facebook page, officers said: "We would like to wish the blushing bride and her groom all the very best for tomorrow and we have all our fingers and toes crossed that it's a bit drier."

Belfast Telegraph