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US couple trapped in B&B for 100 days during lockdown after coming to Yorkshire to buy flat caps

US couple trapped in Skipton B&B for 100 days during lockdown after coming to Yorkshire to buy flat caps

  • Business owners Christopher and Chrissie Poe had been meeting their suppliers
  • Lockdown was enforced while they were in Yorkshire and they became trapped 
  • Several flights they booked in a bid to fly home were later cancelled, they said

An American couple were left trapped in a Skipton B&B for 100 days during lockdown after flying to Yorkshire to buy flat caps.  

Business owners Christopher and Chrissie Poe, from Boston, Massachusetts, had been visiting the area to meet with their flat cap suppliers. 

But in a disastrous turn of events they became trapped in Yorkshire, where Mrs Poe is originally from, when the pandemic began and were unable to return home. 

Mrs Poe said that despite booking several flights in a desperate bid to fly back to Boston, all pending trips were cancelled and their return home scuppered.

Business owners Christopher and Chrissie Poe, from Boston, Massachusetts, had been visiting the area to meet with their flat cap suppliers

The couple's flat cap business Poe & Co also sells other traditional items like sheepskins and tweed blankets, online and at events

The couple’s flat cap business Poe & Co also sells other traditional items like sheepskins and tweed blankets, online and at events

The couple had been looking forward to visiting other countries while in Europe, including Amsterdam for Mrs Poe’s birthday, but were forced to cancel their travel plans amid lockdown. 

They spent the next 100 days forced to live in a countryside Skipton B&B, which they found ‘challenging to relax’ in each day. 

At one point during their stay Mr Poe’s father, who has cancer, became infected with coronavirus. 

They couple feared they would be forced to find an emergency flight home, they told the Yorkshire Post.

But they later received the welcome news that Mr Poe’s father was recovering from the virus. 

In a disastrous turn of events the couple became trapped in Yorkshire, where Mrs Poe is originally from, when the pandemic began and were unable to return home

In a disastrous turn of events the couple became trapped in Yorkshire, where Mrs Poe is originally from, when the pandemic began and were unable to return home

They had flown to Yorkshire to meet with suppliers for their flat cap business

They had flown to Yorkshire to meet with suppliers for their flat cap business

Mr and Mrs Poe were finally able to fly off last week and said they were jetting away for a short spell away in the Dominican Republic before heading back to Boston. 

The couple’s flat cap business Poe & Co also sells other traditional items like sheepskins and tweed blankets, online and at events. 

They said the products have become hugely popular in recent years because of hit shows like Peaky Blinders.  

Each cap they sell is handmade by three suppliers in Yorkshire and uses British wool.  

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