Is three days in a pub with an Oasis tribute band too long? Definitely maybe.
About 50 drinkers stranded in a secluded 17th-century pub for three nights after heavy snowfall in northern England as they watched an Oasis tribute band would be forgiven for wondering exactly that.
They slept on sofas or on the floor at the Tan Hill Inn in Yorkshire, England – more than 200 miles north of London – after snow and fallen power lines blocked nearby roads from Friday.
The pub – known as Britain’s tallest hostel, which sits 1,732 feet above sea level – shared updates on Facebook, jokingly calling guests “detained.”
“Let’s be honest,” said an update. “Being stuck anywhere is an ordeal, a challenge to the mental health of some people, and yes, some are at a breaking point after three days of confinement.”
Vicky Hodgson, 43, traveled for over an hour to the rural pub with her partner in their campervan to watch “Noasis”, the Oasis tribute band.
The forecast was for light snowfall so they weren’t worried about the weather. But by the end of the night, the entrance to the pub was covered in heavy snow.
“It was unreal, the snow had to be waist deep,” Hodgson told NBC News by phone. “I’ve never seen anything like it.”
She said it had been “a wild ride of emotions” but a weekend full of “memories”.
Hodgson said the staff were “absolutely brilliant” and entertained guests with quizzes, karaoke, and plenty of food, including a free buffet.
Winter weather brought heavy snow to many parts of the UK over the weekend. It left tens of thousands of homes without electricity and killed at least two people.
“Our guests have been absolutely amazing,” Nicola Townsend, pub manager, told Sky News. “They were really patient and really understanding.”
“Everyone came in as strangers on Friday night and I think I speak for everyone when I say they made friends here,” Townsend added.
At 2:16 p.m. local time (9:16 a.m. ET) Monday, the Tan Hill Inn shared on Facebook that it had “said goodbye to our previously stranded guests” after the roads finally opened.
A photo of stranded guests was shared on The Tan Hill Inn’s Facebook page, with the caption: “We will ALWAYS remember this amazing group of people who came together and hopefully under difficult circumstances enjoyed what we all think is a lifetime. changing experience. “
Members of the group “Noasis” who describe themselves as “the country’s favorite Oasis tribute band” – wrote on Facebook that they had to cancel another performance on Saturday night because they were also trapped.
“We have no way of getting to our concert,” the group said.
Hodgson, who managed to leave the pub on Monday, said the “surreal” experience had left her with new friends for life.
“We’re talking about a reunion next year! Hopefully in the summer, she laughs.
Bianca Britton reported in London and Suzanne Ciechalski in New York.