The lock-in that’s lasted three nights

By Gary Lloyd

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Customers trapped: how the Tan Hill Inn looks when not snowed in
Customers trapped: how the Tan Hill Inn looks when not snowed in

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Customers trapped in the Tan Hill Inn in the Yorkshire Dales after heavy snowfalls have been locked in for three nights now.

About 60 people became stranded at the high-altitude pub on Friday night (26 November) after seeing an Oasis tribute band perform there.

Not only is there snow to contend with, the severe weather conditions have seen power lines brought down blocking roads. However, mountain rescue has managed to remove one person for medical treatment for a pre-existing condition and a few others managed to escape in 4x4 vehicles on Saturday evening according to the pub’s manager Nicola Townsend.

Fires roaring

She told Sky News​: “Nobody else is going anywhere now. We’re just going to make sure everybody is safe. We’ve kept the fires roaring. Everyone is nice and warm.

“Everyone came as strangers on Friday night and I think I speak on behalf of everyone when I say they have made friends here. Our guests have been absolutely amazing – couldn't have asked for better. They’ve been really patient and really understanding so, on behalf of the staff here, it’s a big thank you from us all for being incredible.”

9ft-deep snow

Townsend said the snow is up to 9ft deep in places and has been advised to ensure no one drives in such conditions. Since Friday, the pub has held a quiz, played films and feed guests with a free buffet and even served Sunday lunch.

The pub has also shared photos on Facebook showing rows of guests sleeping under blankets in one of the lounge areas. The news comes as weather forecasters predicted temperatures are set to drop the lowest they have been all year with the potential to fall to minus 10°C.

The cold snap comes after Storm Arwen wreaked havoc across much of the UK, bringing strong winds, sleet and snow.

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