Wheel meet again

THE wheel of fortune turned full circle for a Chivenor couple when they opened their North Devon Gazette on Wednesday evening. There in the middle of our page five photo about a rubbish blitz on the North Devon Link Road they saw a long lost wheel they ha

THE wheel of fortune turned full circle for a Chivenor couple when they opened their North Devon Gazette on Wednesday evening.There in the middle of our page five photo about a rubbish blitz on the North Devon Link Road they saw a long lost wheel they had been seeking for a long time!Mike and Kate Laver's flatbed trailer had sat at home unusable for months after one of its four wheels came off on the Link Road during a journey from Bideford to Braunton.The wheel hubs had been made up specifically for that trailer, they could not replace it and with only three wheels on their wagon it really was going nowhere.The Gazette contacted service manager Simon Green at North Devon Council's DLU and he kindly spent some time searching through the litter mountain for it, before Councillor Rodney Cann reunited the lost wheel with its owner.The couple had been using the trailer to transport a car they had just bought back from Bideford when the accident happened. The trailer continued on its three wheels quite happily and they were unaware they had lost one until getting home."At the time I spent an hour searching for it and have been back about 30 times since, checking the Link Road lay-bys," said Mike, who works as a builder."The wheel hub is the important bit and without it the trailer has been useless for months. We had searched all over and I had almost written it off."Then last night I opened the Gazette and there it was - and the fact that it was sitting on top of the rubbish in plain view was astounding."Kate added: "It wasn't worth anything to anybody, but our trailer was no good to us without it.


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