THIS was the scene next to a Doncaster church after strong winds brought one of the tallest trees in the graveyard crashing down.
Around 40 gravestones were damaged in the churchyard of St Mary’s, in Tickhill, as the tree fell, narrowly missing the family plot of Doncaster-born television personality Jeremy Clarkson.
Before the tree came down, there had been many people visiting the churchyard because of the Tickhill Scarecrow Festival, which was running at the time.
Tickhill Town Council chairman Ray Hill said Canon Gordon Taylor was the first person on the scene as he was waiting for a wedding party to arrive.
Coun Hill said: “Because it is in a churchyard people have been saying that it was an act of God that no-one was on the footpath at the time it fell, especially because the area was so busy with the scarecrow festival.
“We’ve been very lucky as a community.”
Doncaster Council sent workmen to the scene and cordoned off the area of the graveyard where the tree had come down.
A spokesman said workmen had been back onto the site to clear up debris.