What do you do when you are stuck at the foot of Hardknott Pass with two burst offside tyres, only one spare wheel and no mobile phone signal? The answer, as my wife and I found on Thursday 23rd May, was to rely on the generosity and kindness of strangers.
Through your good offices we should like to thank the many people who helped but whose names and addresses are unknown to us. In particular we thank the extended family in a people carrier who stayed with my wife, put on the spare wheel and were most supportive throughout, the teachers and pupils in a minibus who went out of their way to take me to the nearest garage, the couple in an Audi who lent their spare wheel so that our car could be recovered to the Fell View garage, the garage owner, the staff at the Woolpack Inn, Eskdale, and Gates Tyres that efficiently replaced the tyres at modest cost.
We were told that in the holiday season there are a number of similar occurrences each week. In view of the importance of tourism to Cumbria, one has to ask why potholes on this popular route had not been filled by the Highway Authority – or at least warning signs provided.