MORE than 50 elderly people were stuck on a coach in snow for five hours on the moors above Huddersfield.
All were rescued by gritting crews. And the organisers of the day out to Chester’s Christmas Market, Philip Kaye, admitted: “It wasn’t the best end to a good day.”
Mr Kaye organised the trip for the Meltham Over 60s.
They were on their way back when they were caught up in blizzards on the A635 Greenfield Road.
Mr Kaye said: “We reached the top from the Greenfield side and it was sleeting and snowing. Further along the road, a line of cars were struggling to get round a delivery van which had got stuck.
“We got past that but then came on another van which had spun round and was facing the wrong way. The coach driver said if he tried to get round it, we’d end up in the ditch so he said we’d better stay put.
“It was really coming down and we had to wait a long time for a snowplough to get there. When he arrived, he was followed by a gritter and we were finally able to get down to Meltham by 11pm - five hours later than planned.
“Everyone was OK if a little cold.”
Police had closed the A635 from the Holmfirth side earlier but it remained open on the Oldham side.