AN ‘ANGEL’ came to the aid of a pensioner who faced a two-mile walk back to his home.
Gary Norton, 76, of Nyton Road, Westergate, had a catalogue of woes as he went shopping in Chichester on Saturday.
After catching a bus to the city he was unable to catch a bus home after being delayed and missing his return service.
He said another bus he could catch did not turn up and a third driver closed the doors as he got there.
Deciding to catch a train, he bought a ticket to Barnham, only to find replacement bus services running. Although the route the bus took went close to Mr Norton’s house en route to Barnham he was not allowed off until the bus reached the next station, despite him asking the driver.
When the bus arrived at the station, he got off and was about to begin his long walk home.
“Standing at the bus stop studying the timetable, I suddenly became aware of a woman with golden hair – or so it looked – standing beside me,” he said.
She asked if she could pay for a taxi to take Mr Norton safely home after his stressful journey.
Despite his protestations, she took him over to the taxi rank and paid a driver around £7 to make sure he got home safely.
“I looked round and didn’t see her go. I was so shocked, I didn’t ask her name or whereabouts she lived. She had just disappeared,” he said.
He said the woman had gone before he even got a chance to thank her for her kindness.
“I offer you a great thank you,” he said.