Seven people have been trapped inside a pub for nine days after the building was engulfed by 16ft snow drifts.
The five staff and two local residents have enjoyed the ultimate lock-in at The Lion Inn in Blakey Ridge, Kirkbymoorside, North Yorkshire.
They have been cut off since last Friday when heavy snow blocked the windows and doors of the isolated Lion – the fourth-highest pub in England – and made surrounding roads too treacherous for any vehicles to pass.
But despite their ordeal, the spirits of those trapped have remained high. They have kept themselves busy – eating, drinking and playing games – in a huge bar that normally serves 150 customers a night.
Waitress Katie Underwood,18, said: ‘It was really novel at first and quite exciting.
‘The snow is immense. Most of the windows in here are blocked up, but we’ve got a door open at the back to get some air when we need to.
‘It’s been freezing, but we’ve been lucky that it’s a pub and B&B we’re trapped in.
‘We’ve got plenty of coal for our fire, which has been great, and there are rooms upstairs so we have somewhere to sleep, and plenty of food.
Katie, who has worked at the pub for four years, has been stuck with colleagues Rob Sinley, 22, Joe Bell, 20, Stuart Dowson, 25, and Danny Butterworth, 23, along with the two local residents.
Katie added: ‘We never imagined it would be for this long. We’ve been having a lot of fun – most nights we’ve been playing Monopoly or another board game, as well as keeping a beverage close by for warmth!’
The Lion’s landlord and landlady missed the enforced lock-in. They were at their home five miles away when the drifts hit.
Meanwhile, two pregnant nurses from the same Teesside hospital showed tremendous dedication to get to work in the snow.
Claire Willis, who is six months pregnant, trekked five miles from her home in Thornaby to the James Cook hospital in Middlesbrough.
It took her two-and-a-half hours.
Another pregnant nurse, who has asked not to be named, hitched a lift on a farm tractor from her home in Guisborough, six miles from the hospital. She then got a lift in a van and made it to work, again after a two-and-a-half-hour journey.
Billy Payne, of Meteogroup, the Press Association's weather arm, said: 'Into next week temperatures drop away again and lots of areas could be struggling to reach zero degrees and there will be sharp frosts.
'It is still very cold into next week but from Wednesday onwards there could be a slight recovery.'
Though meteorologists believe Britain has had the worst of the snow, it will continue to fall in Scotland from tomorrow night onwards.
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