A string quartet gave an impromptu performance to drivers on a the M5 motorway after a panicking horse in a trailer brought traffic to a standstill.
Traffic was brought to a standstill on Saturday afternoon after the panicking horse smashed a hole in the side of its trailer and managed to turn itself around after dislodging the centre partition.
Its actions became so violent that the trailer was in danger of overturning before the driver stopped on the roadside.
Traffic was halted amid fears the horse’s attempts to escape the trailer might prove successful.
As the drama played out, traffic backed up along the M5 and by chance a group of musicians on their way back from performing at a wedding in Devon decided to stage an impromptu roadside performance.
The string quartet performed the well known classical piece, Canon in D Major by Johann Pachelbel.
A member of the quartet, Alison Gillies, 37, of Bristol, who plays the cello, told local media that they had been caught in the traffic snarl-up and one of the quartet had jokingly suggested they play. “We thought, ‘why not?'”
Motorists near them – between junctions 26 and 27 on the Somerset-Devon border near Taunton – gathered around to enjoy the performance.
Another quartet member, Lu Jeffery, 31, of Portishead, near Bristol, said: “It was a lovely moment; one the quartet will treasure.”
The performance was well received, before the motorway was finally reopened.
Unfortunately the decision was made to euthanase the horse
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