Bride Hurt in Horse and Carriage Crash Leaves Hospital. to Take Marriage Vows

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Byline: Fiona McWhirter and Patrica Kane

A DETERMINED bride yesterday tied the knot - only hours after she was hospitalised in a horrific crash aboard a horse-drawn carriage.

Donna Pennycook was minutes from walking down the aisle when her carriage was left a mangled wreck after crashing with a car.

The 28-year-old bride-to-be was among four people injured in the accident, including her father and the carriage driver.

Last night, her father - who had been preparing to give her away during the ceremony - was believed still to be in hospital.

Yet despite the shock of the accident, Miss Pennycook was so keen to marry fiance Adam Stokes at Mabie House Hotel, near Dumfries, that she left hospital and returned to the hotel, yards from the scene of the smash.

From the accident and emergency department of Dumfries Royal Infirmary, she kept the groom, the guests and the minister updated on her condition and reassured them she would be back to say her vows.

She eventually began married life when the ceremony went ahead less than five hours after the appalling crash, with her uncle, Stephen Elliott, standing in for her father.

Malcolm Proudlock, who owns the hotel with wife Niki, last night said: 'She was phoning backwards and forwards saying she wanted the wedding to go ahead. She was a past member of staff here so everybody knows her. 'What a mess the carriage was in. I don't know how she wasn't killed.' The accident happened on the A710 Dumfries to New Abbey road shortly after 2pm near the hotel, when the bride and her father were heading for the wedding. …