England: "A real Christmas story": Motorists get stuck in the snow and find shelter in a pub

Heavy snow has paralyzed traffic in England.

England: "A real Christmas story": Motorists get stuck in the snow and find shelter in a pub

Heavy snow has paralyzed traffic in England. The unpredictable weather hit the people who were on the road at the time particularly hard. Lucky in misfortune: Dozens of drivers were able to save themselves from the snow flurry in a pub in the small town of Burwash - including a German with her family.

This included Alexandra Loske, who was born in Düsseldorf and has lived in the United Kingdom for 25 years. She got caught in the snow flurries in the afternoon with her husband and 15-year-old daughter. It was too dangerous to continue and sometimes not even possible. "Within ten, 15 minutes the cars were stuck," she told Stern. "We were in the wrong place at the wrong time." In this predicament, Loske, her family and other travelers found shelter in the pub "The Bear Inn".

First they had tried to get to safety in another pub. There, however, they were told that, despite the weather conditions, they could not stay longer than a few hours. Allegedly because the staff feared insurance problems. So Loske and the others went in search of an alternative. The destination was another pub, the "Bear Inn" about three kilometers away. "I heard the rumor that people were recording," Loske said.

In fact, the "Bear Inn" came to the rescue for the motley crew. "There were people with small children, babies and dogs," says Loske. Luckily the car was still drivable enough to make the journey. The stranded motorists were welcomed with open arms in the pub: "The owner said: 'Come in, we're not sending anyone away.' She didn't take any money either. It ended up being like 40 people."

It was already late in the evening - the "Bear Inn" also offers rooms for overnight stays, but these were fully booked long ago. Nevertheless, everyone found space, reports Alexandra Loske: "People who didn't know each other before shared a hotel room. The babies got mattresses on the floor, some slept on blankets or chairs."

The pub patrons made the best of their plight. The atmosphere within the community of destiny was "great", enthuses Loske. A cellist, who was also stuck, played Bach and Christmas carols on her instrument. The pub owner provided everyone with food and hot drinks.

Loske, who has worked as a curator in the "Royal Pavilion" in Brighton for 15 years, unexpectedly got the chance to have their own room with her family because a guest let them have his accommodation. "I spoke to a man who sat at the counter and drank coffee all evening. He worked in the small supermarket across the street and never came home," she told the star. "Then he offered us his room at midnight because there were three of us and he was alone. Even with a shower!"

It wasn't the only encounter Loske remembered. The weather conditions calmed down the next day, and around noon everyone was able to set off again. Nevertheless, the intermezzo in the small village pub left a lot of impression. "It was a real Christmas story," says the German. "Despite Brexit and everything else, there are also a lot of great people here. And a really nice village pub is one of the nicest things here in England."