Heroic dad makes prom dream come true

PUBLISHED: 11:37 09 July 2010 | UPDATED: 14:51 02 August 2010

HANNAH Brand always dreamed of being driven to her school prom by her father in his beloved show truck.

HANNAH Brand always dreamed of being driven to her school prom by her father in his beloved show truck.

But her dreams looked like they had gone up in smoke not once, but twice in the space of a couple of weeks.

The first disaster struck for the 16-year-old Wayland High School pupil when her father Carl Brand's truck suddenly burst into flames while he was driving it to work.

Luckily he got out unscathed but it was going to be touch and go as to whether it would be repaired in time for the prom at Park Farm, Hethersett on July 1.

Friend Darren Storey stepped in to help and offered to take Hannah and her friend Charlotte Sandcraft, also 16, to the event in his show truck.

But their luck seemed to be turning when Mr Brand's truck was replaced in time and it looked like the girls would have a truck each to arrive in style.

Fate then stepped in to deliver a second potentially cruel blow on the day of the prom. Just half an hour before the girls were due to leave from their homes in Carbrooke, near Watton, their plans suffered another major setback when the drivers were polishing their cabs.

Mr Brand fell from the ladder while at the top of his cab breaking his nose, splitting his shin and spraining his wrist. However in a feat described by both girls as “totally heroic” he carried on through the pain to accompany his daughter to the prom as promised, even straightening his own broken nose before he left.

After their big arrival the girls went on to have what they describe as “the best evening ever”.

Hannah said: “After the fire we were just glad Dad got out in time, and when he fell from the cab we couldn't believe it. He was determined he wasn't going to miss it though so it was a real day to remember for several reasons!”

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