A FUNERAL car came to the rescue and transported a group of girls to the prom in style.
When seven Farringdon School pupils were left in the lurch by their original limousine hire company, Scollen and Wright Funeral Service stepped in to help.
The Grangetown funeral company offered to take the girls to their prom at Beamish Hall Hotel in the black multi-seater Cadillac – and pick them up at the end of the night.
Elaine Davidson, of Carlton Crescent, said her daughter Louise, 16, and her pals were left disappointed when the car hire firm they had booked rang to say the company had gone out of business and wouldn’t be able to take them to the prom.
She said: “One of the other girls had booked it ages ago and then at Easter they got a call to say the limo would not be coming.
“We spent ages contacting other companies to try and book a replacement, but of course everywhere was booked up because of it being the busiest time of the year with all the proms.”
Elaine said it was just by chance her husband, Graeme, had mentioned the situation to someone he knows who works for Scollen and Wright.
She said: “They were great and said they would be happy to help out by providing one of their cars on the night, a big, black American limo.
“I didn’t know what the girls would think about going to the prom in a funeral car, but I think they thought it was really good and something a bit different. They all read books and watch films about vampires, so they thought it was great.”
Elaine said Scollen and Wright saved the day for the young women.
She said: “They were absolutely fantastic. They did it all for free, which was amazing when you think how much petrol those things must use.”
Nigel Marston, business manager for Scollen and Wright, said: “Being a local firm we always like to put something back into the community where we can, so when we heard about the plight of the girls we thought it would be a nice gesture to offer our services and take them to the prom in the style they deserved.”