Dozens of people are trapped in a pub in England for the third night after heavy snowfall.Snow from Storm Arwen has stranded more than 60 people in the Tan Hill Inn which is Britain’s highest pub, at 508m.Snow drifts of almost 1m have closed local roads, with power cables down and left cars buried.
Many of the revellers headed to the pub on Friday to see a tribute group to British band Oasis – and are still there.Manager Nicola Townsend told the BBC they had become “like a family” during the ordeal.”It’s just been a lovely and everyone is in really good spirits,” she said.
“They’ve formed quite a friendship, like a big family is the best way I can describe it.”One lady actually said ‘I don’t want to leave’.”She told Sky News people had been sleeping downstairs in the pub, with a photo showing people lying the pub’s floor.”Nobody else is going anywhere now,” Ms Townsend said. “We’re just going to make sure everybody is safe.”We’ve kept the fires roaring. Everyone is nice and warm.”
The stranded punters are being kept entertained with a quiz and movies, and the Oasis band, Noasis, have been performing.A karaoke night was the latest way punters kept themselves busy – and plenty of food cooked by staff.”We will ALWAYS remember this group of amazing people who came together, and hopefully, in challenging circumstances, enjoyed what we all think was a life – changing experience,” the pub posted on Facebook.
It’s not the first time people have been snowed in at the pub, which is near Richmond, and dates back to the 17th century. It once featured in a Christmas TV advert for British supermarket Waitrose.The pub said 40 of those stranded had been booked in, while others went in for a drink on Friday.
Some who had four wheel drive vehicles have now managed to get out, Sky News reported.One of the guests, Martin Overton, told the BBC the atmosphere was “very good” with “plenty of beer available”.Mountain rescue teams did attend the pub to help somebody with a medical problem.
There have been power cuts across the UK due to the storm, with multiple weather warnings in place for snow and ice and temperatures to drop as low as -10C in some places.
Three people were killed by falling trees over the weekend, according to reports.