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Elderly couple’s stay on traffic island enters its 9th hour

Always dressed for a cold snap

Always dressed for a cold snap

Mr and Mrs Etheridge, an 82-year-old couple from Banstead in Surrey, were this afternoon coming to regret their decision to shun the traffic lights and attempt an unplanned crossing of the B2219.  The couple remain marooned in what locals are describing as ‘light, intermittent traffic’, unable to make the five yard journey to the other side some two minutes’ walk away.

Residents thought they had found a solution to the crisis when they tracked down off-duty lollipop lady Mrs Evesham, but they soon realised the 91-year-old would never make the 150-yard trip to the scene in the four hours she had until ‘Meals on Wheels’ arrived.  There are now real concerns about how much longer Mr and Mrs Etheridge’s bladders can hold out, accustomed as they are to punctual half-hourly emptying.

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Posted: Apr 25th, 2009 by Genghis Cohen

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