STORM CHAOS: Pub roof tiles 'ripped off like a plaster'

Dorset Echo: Victim of the storms: This pub is set to undergo repairs Victim of the storms: This pub is set to undergo repairs

STAFF at The Ferrybridge Inn at Wyke Regis hope to repair damage caused by the storms in the next week. The pub, which is the last building before the beach road to Portland, suffered damage to its roof on Friday.

A number of tiles were blown off as a result of the high winds and heavy rain.

Landlord Chris West said: “It’s literally just ripped straight back off again. It ripped it off like a plaster.”

The pub already had damage in the ceiling above the bar, received just before Christmas.

Mr West said: “Hopefully we’ll get everything sorted within the next week or so. It’s damaged our letting rooms upstairs, so we can’t take anyone in at the moment.”

Portland Beach Road was closed late on Friday evening, leaving many people stranded both in Weymouth and Portland.

Mr West revealed the pub stayed open until half two in the morning, catering for those who were stuck.

He said: “We provided them with teas, coffees and alcoholic beverages until we closed the bar when our licence ended.

“Then we got in contact with the police and made sure that they had accommodation for the night.”

He added: “We kept the fire going, cranked up the heating and made sure everyone was nice and toasty.”

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