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Priest’s roofrack saves car from fallen tree

A priest’s car had a close call after a tree came crashing down on the vehicle while it was parked.

Fr Jock Dalrymple, parish priest of St John’s and St Mary Magdalene’s Church, Edinburgh, woke on February 19 to hear that a large tree from a park next to the parish house had been blown over onto his Volkeswagen Polo—though with a stroke of luck the damage was minimal.

Fr Dalrymple’s car was saved by the bike rack attached to the roof, meaning the vehicle itself was only dented a little and he is still able to travel freely.

Stroke of luck

He said: “I had a bit of good luck in terms of the bike rack—that saved it and I was able to get back on the road later that day. It took the full force of the tree!

“When I was first told I didn’t realise it was the full tree, I thought it was just a few branches.”

After noticing the uprooted tree atop the car, the council quickly came to the rescue to ‘free’ the car as workers sawed the tree down to size and removed it from the roof of the vehicle.

“They were very efficient and competent and managed to have the problem sorted in about half an hour,” Fr Dalrymple said.


It’s not the first time Fr Dalrymple’s car has suffered—in the last few years, thugs have smashed its windows and attempted to steal it five times on the same street, usually leaving other cars on the street untargeted.

Fr Dalrymple laughed: “It’s the only car on the street that has really suffered, this time not by human hands, but the weather which also has it in for me!”

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