Passerby steps in to save swans on road

Western Daily Press (Saturday) - - News -

TRAF­FIC on a busy road in Bath was brought to a stand­still by a fam­ily of swans.

The birds held up traf­fic on Wid­combe Hill on Thurs­day.

Mo­torists were forced to wait while the swans made their way back into the wa­ter, helped by a lo­cal po­lice of­fi­cer and one par­tic­u­larly ta­lented man.

Claire Co­hen, who wit­nessed the swans on their jour­ney, said: “I was on my way into town and no­ticed the traf­fic wasn’t mov­ing.

“I rounded the cor­ner ex­pect­ing to see a goods ve­hi­cle ma­noeu­vring and hold­ing ev­ery­thing up but, to my sur­prise and de­light, saw a fam­ily of swans walk­ing down the mid­dle of the road!

“They were be­ing ac­com­pa­nied by a man who was ex­pertly guid­ing them - he seemed to be com­mu­ni­cat­ing via hand sig­nals - and a com­mu­nity po­lice­man.

“I couldn’t stay to see them com­plete their jour­ney but ap­par­ently they crossed the main road safely too, with ex­tra help from some lo­cal shop­keep­ers.

“It was such an un­usual sight.”

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