Two women in their 20s who were seriously injured when a 60 foot tall oak tree fell on them in the midst of Storm Evert on Friday were at a party celebrating a doctor’s birthday.
The huge tree crashed to the ground without warning at the private party, as strong winds gusted across the country on Friday evening.
The party, which was thrown by a doctor celebrating his 27th birthday, was held in woodland behind Ubbeston Hall, near Halesworth, Suffolk.
Villagers had been told prior to the event that it was being held for “a group of mainly doctors letting off steam and enjoying themselves after a very difficult year”.
There were around 30 people at the party when the tree fell at 6.35pm on Friday.
But the party organiser, who asked not to be identified, said that five other guests narrowly escaped injury – as the tree crashed down onto the bar and a stage area, partially deflecting its fall.
The two women, from the London area, were treated at the scene by doctors and medics attending the party, after one suffered spinal and head injuries, and the other pelvic and arm injuries.
They were taken to hospitals outside the area, where they are now in a “stable” condition, according to the party organiser.