People trapped in snowed-in Yorkshire pub over weekend now ‘don’t want to leave’

Staff at a pub cut off by snow held a karaoke evening as they expect guests to be unable to escape for a third night.

n Friday, 61 people became trapped in the Tan Hill Inn in the Yorkshire Dales as a result of heavy snowfall during Storm Arwen, but some guests have claimed they “don’t want to leave” after enjoying the 17th-century hotel’s hospitality.

Many have been sleeping on makeshift beds and mattresses on the floor, but they have been treated to films on a projector screen, a quiz night and a buffet meal amongst other comforts.

Oasis tribute band Noasis has been providing musical entertainment as the musicians have been stranded since their gig on Friday at the pub – which at 1,732 feet (528m) above sea level is the highest in the UK.

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Snow at the Tan Hill Inn, in the Yorkshire Dales.Martin Overton/PA Wire

The pub’s general manager, Nicola Townsend, 51, told the PA news agency: “It’s just been lovely and everyone is in really good spirits… it’s a really good atmosphere.

“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’.”

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Stranded guests taking part in a quiz at the Tan Hill Inn, in the Yorkshire Dales. The Tan Hill Inn/PA Wire

On Saturday evening, guests thanked the seven members of staff stuck inside with them by presenting them with a jar filled with around £300 in cash.

On Sunday, the pub laid on a traditional lunch before guests and staff work together to decorate the bar for Christmas and prepare for an evening of karaoke.

Ms Townsend, from Leyburn, said she feels many of those stranded – including herself – will stay in touch long after they have been freed.

Martin Overton, 44, travelled to the pub on Friday to watch Noasis and is staying in his campervan.

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Tips left by stranded guests at the Tan Hill Inn, in the Yorkshire Dales. The Tan Hill Inn/PA Wire

Mr Overton, a BBC rugby league commentator, told PA: “I feel great… everyone is looking after each other.

“I have learned that when you come to the Tan Hill Inn, you need to take the forecast seriously.

“The place is very exposed… it is what makes it special but in future I will pack a few more warm clothes and a couple of shovels.”

Ms Townsend said they first realised they were trapped after a blizzard on Friday.

“The blizzards were horrendous, how the snow was drifting, it was going all the way up to almost the bedroom windows,” she said.

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Some guests have claimed they “don’t want to leave” after enjoying the 17th-century hotel’s hospitality. The Tan Hill Inn/PA Wire

A tunnel has since been dug out of the front door of the pub, but nearby roads are not yet usable in part due to fallen power cables.

Ms Townsend said mountain rescuers had made it through the snow to attend to one guest who requires medical attention for an ongoing condition.

Forecasters have warned the “coldest night of the season” is set to hit parts of the UK on Sunday evening, with temperatures dropping to as low as minus 10C (14F).

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