Real life snow drift hero tracked down

A real life hero who helped motorists stuck in a snow drift on a Clitheroe road yesterday has been tracked down.

Friday, 2nd March 2018, 2:34 pm
Updated Friday, 2nd March 2018, 2:40 pm
Andy (centre) with his family.

Andy Beaghan, (49), from Rishton, came to the aid of fellow motorists on Thursday morning who had become stuck in snow drifts on Whalley Road.

Andy was in his dark blue Range Rover with his 10-year-old daughter Holly, who had a snow day off from Rishton Primary School, and his wife Pauline who he was dropping off at work in Clitheroe.

On his way out of the town, Andy saw that motorists were getting stuck in the snow so turned to Holly and said "let's see what we can do to help".

The father-of-four subsequently towed a van and three cars out of the snow to get the traffic moving.

"There was an ambulance coming into Clitheroe so I dragged the vehicles out of the way so that it could get through," explained Andy, a site manager who works in construction. "We then parked up in a recess just to check that the traffic was moving ok."

A Scout leader in Rishton, Andy has been praised by fellow motorists for his actions.

Deborah Bootle, who was travelling in her colleague Suzanne Nolan's car to get to Moorland School that morning where they both work, praised Andy on social media saying "real heroes don't wear capes"!

She added: "Many thanks to the kind soul in the Range Rover who kept going back to tow more people up Whalley Road keeping the traffic moving!"

Others reading her post said Andy deserved a medal and asked for the unknown motorist to come forward which Andy subsequently did.

Modest about his actions that morning, Andy said: "I'm just an average person who did an average thing. It would be good if more people did things like this though. I always tell my Scouts to do a good deed everyday."

He added that a friend had told him about Deborah's Facebook post when he got back home Thursday tea time.

"The reaction on social media has been mind blowing," said Andy, who after his rescue mission in Clitheroe, went to sort out his parents' frozen pipes and then take his daughter sledging.

"My wife's always teasing me for being the first there whenever anything bad happens or needs sorting." Andy added.