A MOTHER and father of the bride missed their daughter s wedding because they were stuck on the M11 for over six hours with thousands of other motorists. The best man also missed the big day as he was driving the car. The three had left Huntingdon at 9am

ONE STOP SHOP: An artist’s impression of the children’s unit at Hinchingbrooke.

A MOTHER and father of the bride missed their daughter's wedding because they were stuck on the M11 for over six hours with thousands of other motorists.

The best man also missed the big day as he was driving the car.

The three had left Huntingdon at 9am to get to Hornchurch Register Office in Essex for 1pm. The journey should have taken two hours but they did not arrive until 5pm.

The disruption was caused when a recovery vehicle carrying gas was sent to help a broken down lorry and caught alight. The road was closed for 24 hours.

THE parents of a 20-year-old woman who died when her car plunged into the Forty Foot drain backed The Hunts Post campaign for improvements on the Forty Foot Bank road.

Karen Abblitt from Ramsey died in 1978. She was driving her new Mini from Ramsey to Chatteris to meet her fiancé when the accident happened in broad daylight.

Her father, Tom, said at the time: "Karen had driven along that road hundreds of times. There are no skid marks on the road and it is puzzling why Karen went into the river."

He told The Hunts Post, 28 years on: "I think now that someone ran her off the road, trying to overtake her."

TAX payers in Huntingdonshire were told they could face a £23million bill for the new headquarters for Huntingdonshire District Council.

TWO teenagers from the Salvation Army Hostel in Huntingdon got through to the finals of footballers competing for places in England's team for the football Homeless World Cup.

Tony Peacock, 18, and Adam Banda, 19, hoped to get into the tournament in Cape Town in September. Tony, a student at Huntingdonshire Regional College, said: "I was shocked when I heard I had got through to the finals. If I get through, it will be an amazing experience as I have been playing football all my life."

A NEW £7.5million children's unit was

given the go-ahead at Hinchingbrooke Hospital. The two-storey unit to replace Holly Ward, the children's ward, was expected to be opened in April 2007.

Medics said that Holly Ward, created 20 years earlier out of a standard, adult ward, was now squeezed for space.

MORE than 1,000 people successfully protested against the closure of the Rivermill Tavern in Eaton Socon. After the protest, owner Nick Bennett withdrew his planning application to use the land for houses.

CAMBRIDGESHIRE Police protested at a 'forced marriage' when it was told it would be made to joint Norfolk and Suffolk in two year's time.