Lucky to be alive

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A 79-YEAR-OLD woman told today how she was “lucky to be alive” after a 70ft tall tree collapsed on her bungalow in the middle of the night.

Anne Wilkinson was asleep in her bedroom when a branch smashed through her ceiling and stopped just a few feet from her head.

Parts of ceiling landed on top of her but she survived unscathed.

She said: “I just couldn’t believe it. I am so lucky to be alive.”

Mrs Wilkinson went to bed on Saturday evening at her home in St Helens Wood Road.

Her husband Alan, 79, went to sleep in the room next door.

The weather on Friday evening was stormy with gusts throughout the night.

The tree came crashing down at 2am and landed on the roof of the bungalow which they have owned for 35 years.

Mr Wilkinson, a retired Army diver, rushed next door and pulled his wife out before calling 999.

He said: “I heard a rumbling which I thought sounded an airplane.

“I went next door and found the ceiling on top of my wife.

“I helped her to get out and luckily she was ok.”

For the full story see Friday’s Observer.




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