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article imageSnow traps staff and guests in pub for 8 days

By Lynn Curwin     Dec 5, 2010 in World
Seven people were trapped inside the Lion Inn, in North Yorkshire, for eight days after snow filled in roads, drifted around the 16th-century building and buried cars.
Five of those stranded were staff members and the other two were a couple who had been visiting the pub, which is located at Blakey Ridge. It sits 1,325ft (404m) above sea level, and its web site states it is “located at the highest point of the North York Moors National Park.”
BBC News reported that the inn was cut off since November 26, when drifts 20ft (6.1m) high formed around it.
The inn, which is also a bed and breakfast, had plenty of bedrooms and food for those who were trapped.
Daniel Butterworth, 18, a chef at the pub, said that the staff, none of whom are over 25 years of age, got into the drinks for the first couple of days.
"We haven't been getting ratty," the BBC quoted him as saying while still trapped. "It's been fun and we have had a laugh.
"We have been getting on with little jobs, having our tea, a drink, playing games and then going to bed.
"The bosses aren't here, they are snowed out.
"We have wireless internet here and the television works so we have been fine."
They even went out to have some fun in the snow, using beer trays as sledges.
Paul Crossland, one of the owner’s of the Lion Inn, posted a message online, letting people know that the road was closed and stating: “Please do not ignore the Road Closed signs as you are likely to get stranded.”
Eighteen-year-old Katie Underwood, who has worked as a waitress at the pub for four years, said this has happened before, so workers had brought extra clothes and essentials just in case.
"We never imagined it would be for this long,” The Telegraph quoted her as saying.
"The residents we have staying have taken it in good heart, considering they were only going to be staying for two nights.
"They are just eager to get home now - like all of us, they are starting to miss it."
When a plough made its way through, on Saturday, the couple followed it back to the nearest town.
The staff remained until the road was officially opened that night.
The Lion Inn had also been surrounded by high snow drifts in January.
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