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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Evening Mail manager Sarah turns into ‘lifesaver’ as snow causes chaos

WHEN Sarah Cook left work early hoping to beat the wintry weather, she had no idea she would be grafting into the early hours at a Lake District hotel.

As the snow began to wreak havoc on the roads, the Evening Mail employee left the office in Abbey Road, Barrow, on Friday in a bid to get home to Kendal at a decent hour.

But despite leaving at 3.45pm, Miss Cook had only reached Backbarrow by 6pm as the A590 turned into a car park with traffic blocked at Lindale brow.

After a call home confirmed the huge tailbacks, she walked to the nearby Newby Bridge Hotel intending to pay for a room for the night.

But when she arrived, Miss Cook – who used to work as PA for the hotel’s owner Jonathan Denby – was given a proposition.

With employees in Kirkby, Grizebeck and Lowick unable to make it through the snow, the hotel was short on staff and Miss Cook was offered a job on reception for the night – in return for a free room.

However, it was not an ordinary night at the 51-bed establishment.

With cars stuck on the A590 into the small hours, the hotel was happy to oblige when police asked if the function room could become a warm sanctuary for stranded motorists and passengers.

Around 30 cold and exhausted emergency service heroes from the police, ambulance and Bay Search and Rescue were also welcomed inside to enjoy refreshments and the warmth of the log fires.

Miss Cook, the Mail’s business development manager, finally got to bed at 3am, but was still thankful for the gesture from her former employers.

She said: “It saved me from getting stuck on the road and it helped them out because they were short-staffed. And it was great to help the rescue staff who had been working hard all night. It all went quite well, but I didn’t quite feel like it in the morning – I was absolutely exhausted!”

Hotel general manager Lorraine Lambton said: “Sarah was a lifesaver. She was brilliant, a god send. They (emergency services) had been out on foot for hours. They were freezing, soaked and deserved a well-earned rest.”

Have your say

How the hell is this news? One week after the event and a total non-story. On a positive note this will be probably be the only piece of accurate reporting carried out by the Evening Mail, probably because you're writing about yourself!
ps can I have the five minutes of my life back?

Posted by Alsostrandedbutnotgloatingaboutit on 1 February 2013 at 04:09

As a team we where very grateful for the hot drink and food. Thanks

Posted by Mike Davis on 31 January 2013 at 17:50

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