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New Year revellers stuck in the pub for THREE nights thanks to the heavy snow




By Daily Mail Reporter

Last updated at 10:46 AM on 04th January 2010





They set out on New Year's Eve to toast the start of 2010 with a pint with some friends in their local pub.

But for revellers at the Tan Hill Inn in the Yorkshire Dales, the celebrations lasted somewhat longer thanks to the heavy snow.

The drinkers ended up snowed in at the pub - which is the highest in England in terms of altitude - for three whole nights after the wintry weather left them stranded.


Enlarge article-1240267-07BFC783000005DC-328_634x420.jpg Bleak: The Tan Hill Inn, Britain's highest pub, in Swaledale in the North Yorkshire Dales, yesterday where dozens of New Year revellers have been stranded due to poor weather, inadvertently taking part in Britain's longest-lasting New Year's party.




Happy New Year: Some of the revellers who have been stuck at the pub since New Year's Eve get a breath of fresh air outside their temporary home yesterday

Snow was 7ft deep in places around the pub as the big freeze refused to relinquish its grip on Britain and in particular the north and Scotland.

Fortunately, given the location, the group were not too distraught not to be able to go elsewhere thanks to the plentiful supply of food and drink available.



They were finally able to head off home - presumably with very sore heads - this morning after gritters and snow ploughs made the roads safe.






Leeds University Cross Country Club organised their New Year's Eve party at the pub, but some of the intrepid thirty party-goers had to abandon their cars on the A66 as they battled through hazardous road conditions.


Student Nathan Martin, 26, from Huddersfield, said: 'We were meant to have a barn dance, but it was too cold in the barn so we stayed in the pub. Despite not being able to get out, we've had a good time.


article-1240267-07BFC705000005DC-188_634x894.jpg Road to nowhere: The pub (centre) is surrounded by miles of thick snow, creating a lunar landscape, as Britain experiences its coldest weather in 10 years

'There's been plenty of real ale, but now the Black Sheep and Theakston has run out and there's only Black Sheep Riggwelter left on tap.

'There are about thirty of us in total in the pub - and we've all been mucking in helping with chores like washing up and there's been a pub quiz every night which has helped to keep us going.


'It's been fun - it's like the ultimate lock-in really. We were meant to be leaving on New Year's Day, luckily we're not really in a rush to go home.

'One girl had an asthma attack though but fortunately she was OK and managed to get out when a convoy came.

'There's plenty of nice food and it's been lovely and warm and everyone's been joking about the Everest Windows.'


The pub became famous after appearing in an advert starring Ted Moult for Everest Windows.


article-1240267-07BF53D0000005DC-612_634x471.jpg Rustic: The Tan Hill pub

It is the highest inn in England occupying a point at 1,732 feet (528 m) above sea level.


Peter Richardson, 47, a DJ from Richmond who was hired to play there, said: 'We kept on hearing that a snow plough was on its way, but apparently it's definitely coming today. People don't seem to mind though. Everyone's been helping out.




'The snow outside the pub itself is about 2ft deep, but the problem is with us being so high up, the drifts really affect us. Snow has been drifting constantly and it's 7ft or more in places, meaning we couldn't get out.


'The roads needed to be ploughed otherwise it's treacherous. You could use a tractor to get out if you really needed to, but I think people were enjoying it in here.'

Locals with a 4x4 had ferried in drivers stuck on the A66 between Bowes and Brough to the pub.


Tracey Daley, 45, who manages the old drovers' and shepherds' outpost above Arkengarthdale on the Yorkshire-County Durham border said: 'A really nice atmosphere developed as the party went on. A few friendships may have started.'


Wife who went out to buy Christmas turkey 15 days ago still stranded by snow


A wife who went to the shops to buy a turkey for Christmas dinner still hasn't made it home after being cut off by heavy snow.

Kay Ure, 54, left her house in the remote Scottish Highlands 15 days ago on a shopping trip to Inverness.


But thick snow and blocked roads have left it impossible for her to return to husband John and the lighthouse keeper's cottage they share in Cape Wrath, Sutherland, at Britain's north-western tip.



article-1240267-055F6422000005DC-692_634x380.jpg Kay Ure left the lighthouse keeper's cottage she shares with husband John in Cape Wrath, Sutherland in the remote Scottish Highlands 15 days ago - and has still not been able to return

The cafe owner is stranded 11 miles away in Durness where she is staying in a friend's caravan.


But Mrs Ure hasn't given up on the idea of Christmas dinner with her partner of more than 30 years.


She told the Sunday Post newspaper: 'I think it will be a few days yet as the road from our home is dangerous.

'Part of it is known as the Wall of Death so I don't want John attempting it until it's clear.


'I'm looking forward to a belated Christmas dinner but it might be Burns' Night (January 25) before I get to eat it.'


The couple run a cliff-top cafe in one of Britain's most isolated spots.


Mrs Ure left for Inverness on an organised shopping excursion on December 19.


Her husband drove her the 11 miles to a jetty where their boat is moored and from there they crossed the Kyle of Durness where she was picked up by a minibus, according to the newspaper.


On her return to Durness the heavy snow had blocked the route to the lighthouse and Mr Ure, 57, was unable to make the drive to pick her up.


The pair have spoken on the phone each night they have been apart and their Christmas presents remain unopened.


Mr Ure said he spent Christmas Day with their six Springer Spaniels and served two walkers who popped into the cafe.


The couple moved from Glasgow to Durness several years ago before moving further north to Cape Wrath.


They opened the lighthouse cafe in the summer.


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1240267/Pub-guests-snowed-New-Year-thanks-heavy-snow.html#ixzz0belxxJKO

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