Storm Arwen: Customers set to spend third night at Britain's highest pub

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The Tan Hill Inn is known for getting cut off in heavy snowfall because of its location

Dozens of customers at Britain's highest pub are set to spend a third night trapped by heavy snowfall brought by Storm Arwen.

Guests got stuck at the Tan Hill Inn, in the Yorkshire Dales, on Friday after going to watch an Oasis tribute band.

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.

Guests at the inn, which is 1,732ft (528m) above sea level, woke up to about 3ft (0.9m) of snow on Saturday, with it going all the way up near to the bedroom windows.

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Guests have been kept entertained with activties including a quiz

A tunnel has since been dug out of the front door of the pub, but because of damage to power cables the roads are unusable.

Ms Townsend said 61 people had so far spent two nights there, with many, including members of the band, having to set up camp in the pub's lounge.

She said 40 were pre-booked guests while others had gone to the pub for a drink on Friday.

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The listed inn is about five miles from the village of Keld in Swaledale

She added: "It's just been a lovely and everyone is in really good spirits.

"They've formed quite a friendship, like a big family is the best way I can describe it.

"One lady actually said 'I don't want to leave'."

She said staff had put on activities to keep people entertained, including a quiz and board games and that a karaoke evening was planned for later.

The manager added that mountain rescuers had made it through the snow to attend to one guest who needed medical attention for an ongoing issue.

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Mountain rescue have been able to get up to the inn

One of the guests, Martin Overton, said the atmosphere was "very good" with "plenty of beer available".

His wife Stephanie added: "I'm quite chilled about being stranded, it's quite exciting but we're missing our son who is with his nana. I am wondering how long we will be here for though."

Elsewhere in North Yorkshire, the after-effects of the severe weather have continued to cause disruption.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said they had been called to fallen power cables, in places including Hunmanby, Kilburn and High Birstwith.

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Severe weather warnings for snow and ice remain in place

There have been dozens of power cuts leaving hundreds of residents without power and most trains between York and Scotland have been cancelled as the the East Coast Mainline is closed between Newcastle and Edinburgh.

North Yorkshire County Council said staff together with emergency and utilities services continued to work together to deal with the aftermath of the storm.

A spokesperson said services were carrying out checks on people who may need extra help, particularly in areas affected by power outages.

Yellow weather warnings for snow and ice remain in place across large parts of Yorkshire.

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