A local woman is celebrating after being crowned the UK's Snow Angel by leading tyre specialists Goodyear.
Joy Marshall from Tyne Valley was chosen from hundreds of entries to win the accolade. Working as a registrar for Northumberland County Council, Joy impressed judges by going above the call of duty, when the big freeze threatened to cancel a couple's civil ceremony.
But despite the severe weather conditions, Joy with the assistance of her husband, set off across the wintry roads of Stocksfield to Blanchland to perform the proceedings. The journey was not without incident however, having stepped into her colleague's shoes to take the ceremony. Heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures proved to be quite a challenge for Joy's 4x4, but this didn't prevent Joy from arriving at The Lord Crewe Arms hotel to marry the happy couple.
"Under normal circumstances I wouldn't dream of setting off in such weather conditions, but I didn't want to let the happy couple down on their special day," said a modest Joy when asked about her actions. "I'm touched to be recognised for simply doing a job that I love."
James Bailey, corporate communications manager for Goodyear, said: "Joy is a true inspiration to us all as she went out of her way to help others, despite the treacherous driving conditions. She's a deserving winner and we're pleased to acknowledge her strong community spirit."
Goodyear began their search for the UK's Snow Angel in order to find a selfless individual who helped someone during the UK's big freeze. Joy receives a set of Goodyear cold weather tyres for her actions. Tyres that provide better traction, grip and handling to offer excellent control in winter conditions.
To find out more about Goodyear please visit www.eu.goodyear.com/uk