Rita grate­ful for ‘lift’ af­ter car gets in a jam

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update - By STEPHEN BRIGGS stephen.briggs@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk @Et­stephenb

A GRATE­FUL mo­torist has given thanks to a group of good Sa­mar­i­tans who came to her res­cue and lit­er­ally lifted her out of a tight spot.

Rita Cons (59) and her part­ner Les Bur­ton (59) were left high and dry af­ter their car be­came im­paled on a me­tal bol­lard in Lin­coln Road, New Eng­land, Peter­bor­ough.

Rita had not seen the low ly­ing bol­lard when she tried to turn her car around in a garage fore­court.

As the ve­hi­cle caught on the bol­lard it made a ter­ri­ble sound but it was enough to alert two men liv­ing nearby to the cou­ple’s plight.

Mrs Cons, of Pinewood Av­enue, Whit­tle­sey, said: “They came rush­ing over to try and help out.

“They found a jack which they used to try and lift us off the bol­lard, but that did not work, and then they tried with some large pieces of wood and bricks to lift the car up, but that didn’t work ei­ther.

“So then they got out a mo­bile phone and called their friends to help.”

Mrs Cons added: “Sud­denly a car full of burly men came along, they all got out and then to­gether just lifted the car free of the bol­lard.

“They were able to get the car mov­ing again.

“We were so de­lighted and re­lieved.”

Now Mrs Cons wants to thank the group for their help in re­leas­ing the cou­ple.

She said: “We were driv­ing down Lin­coln Road at about 6.45pm on Satur­day, when we re­alised we had taken a wrong turn­ing and we tried to turn round in the garage fore­court.

“Af­ter they had helped us, I of­fered them some money to say thank you for their help, but they said they could not ac­cept it, as they were just help­ing out and it was part of their Lithua­nian cul­ture.

“It was a lovely gesture, and we have been so hum­bled by their gen­eros­ity.”

North ward coun­cil­lor Keith Sharp, who rep­re­sents the New Eng­land area, said he was de­lighted to hear about the help the group of strangers had given to the cou­ple.

He said: “It is an im­por­tant part of most East­ern Euro­pean cul­tures to help peo­ple out when they get into dif­fi­cul­ties, and most peo­ple from that com­mu­nity will hap­pily do some­thing like this for no re­ward.”

hum­bled: Rita Cons, who wants to thank a group of good Sa­mar­i­tans for help­ing her and her part­ner free their car af­ter it be­came trapped on bol­lards.

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