Brian, a keen Burnley FC fan, is a popular landlord in his hometown and has also been an extra in several TV shows including Peaky Blinders
A British social club manager posted a series of videos during Hurricane Irma showing him going from comical beach-goer to terrified tourist.
Brian Parker posted his first video by the pool at his hotel in the resort of Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic shortly after arriving to celebrate his fourth wedding anniversary with wife Jane.
He can be heard telling his Facebook pals about the line-up at the Ighten Leigh Social Club in Burnley, Lancashire, where he works as club manager.
As he pans the camera around, he says: ‘Why’s the sun on me and not on you? I’ll tell you why, cos me and my wife, we’re in the Dominican. Bet you’re jealous aren’t you?’
He goes on to list the acts coming up at the club, including a quiz night with Roy, football and bands. He adds: ‘See where I am, it’s 34 degrees in the Dominican.’
His next video was shot on a deserted beach but Brian still manages to crack a joke, saying: ‘185mph winds, that’s how fast I go behind the bar.
‘Sun’s on my face, it’s not raining.’
As his wife throws water on his face, he quips: ‘I think I might have felt a drop there, I’m not sure.’
Battered: Hurricane Irma struck Brian’s hotel as he recorded it on video for his Facebook followers
Brian again lists the upcoming events at his social club before getting another soaking from his wife.
As the waves lap up on the beach in the background, Brian says: ‘I think it’s starting to spit. It’s definitely starting to rain, don’t be deceived by that sun.’
But Brian’s mood quickly changed as the hurricane approached his hotel.
In his next video, on 6 September, he appears looking nervous as he reveals the hurricane is heading towards their hotel.
He says: ‘We’re about 10 hours away from this hurricane and it’s coming inland, which is quite scary really.
Brian pictured with a message written by his wife
‘It was going to pass us by but it’s taken a turn and is going to catch us. They’re boarding all the shops up, all lights have been pinned down. They’ve cleared the reception out. Shopkeepers and all the staff in the hotel think it’s going to be really bad.
‘We can’t go out of our rooms from 10pm tonight. It is quite concerning. We were going for an Italian meal but as you can see behind me, everything is shut down.
‘There’s nobody on the beach or round the pool, its 6pm here and usually it’s absolutely buzzing. But because of this hurricane, which is supposed to be the worst one they’ve ever seen here, it’s looking like we’ll catch it bad.’
He also uploaded a gallery of snaps showing him and Jane with the message: ‘Just in case it goes belly up, another year shared with this beautiful woman. Happy anniversary of my wifey. Wub you hun xxx’
The couple spent the next 20 hours holed up in their hotel with no power, food or heating as 185mph winds and rain lashed the Hotel Riu Merengue.
His next video, filmed on Thursday, shows Brian looking relieved as he reassures his friends and family back home they are both safe.
He says: ‘It was very, very scary. Trees are down, it was a nightmare to be honest. We’ve just got out of our room after 20 hours. But everything is back to normal now.’
He still manages a joke, adding: ‘Well I say back to normal, that pool needs a clean.’
Brian, a keen Burnley FC fan, is a popular landlord in his hometown and has also been an extra in several TV shows including Peaky Blinders. He is due to fly home tomorrow after their two week trip.