Blizzard strands 61 people and a dog in a pub for third night, ‘plenty of beer available’

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About 60 U.K. concertgoers found an impromptu oasis of sorts after being stranded by a blizzard in a pub for three nights.

The music fans had attended a concert by an Oasis tribute band on Friday night at the tavern when Storm Arwen dumped about three feet of snow in the area. More than three days later, they’re apparently still snowed in at the Yorkshire-based Tan Hill Inn, and at least some of the guests don’t seem too unhappy about it as day four begins.

“They are unable to leave because nearby roads are not useable partly due to fallen power cables. Manager Nicola Townsend said everyone was in good spirits and that some people did not want leave,” the BBC reported about the public house that describes itself as Britain’s highest Inn in terms of above sea level, located approximately 200 miles northwest of London.

The blizzard has caused widespread power outages across England as well as three deaths.

Townsend also mentioned that the strandees, who are spending their time playing board games, watching movies, and singing karaoke among other activities, have formed a big family of sorts. Although “a few beers” have been consumed, no one is over-indulging in adult beverages out of respect for each other, Townsend noted.

Members of the cover band Noasis, which the captive audience has renamed “Snowasis” for the occasion, were also among those stuck at the inn which, fortunately, has sufficient room.

“Some of those who were stranded already had rooms at the inn, while others had parked their motor homes outside. The rest crammed into the lounge, where they slept on sofas or on the floor. Employees supplied them with mattresses, blankets and pillows and kept the fireplaces roaring,”  The New York Times detailed.

“The best way I can describe it is it’s like being at a party with all your friends,” Townsend added while suggesting the possibility of a reunion for the group in November 2022.

On Facebook, the Tan Hill Inn posted some video of the weather conditions:

Along with a group picture, the establishment separately wrote that “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.”

Fortunately, the pub has plenty of food on hand. “Those gathered have shared roast dinners, a couple of beers and even a buffet (on the house) with ‘lots of different picky bits,’ [Townsend] said. Patrons have helped wash dishes and taken up a collection for the staff,” the Times added.

One customer needed to be evacuated by a nearby mountain rescue group owing to a pre-existing medical condition.

In one of many media interviews, the manager of the pub reaffirmed to GB News that the otherwise difficult situation has nonetheless created a positive experience because it has brought people together at the pub, and she is hopeful the roads will soon be cleared.

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