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American couple spent 100 days in a B&B during lockdown after coming to Yorkshire to buy flat caps

American couple were stuck at Skipton B&B for 100 days during a lockdown after coming to Yorkshire to buy flat caps

  • Business owners Christopher and Chrissie Poe had met their suppliers
  • Lockdown was enforced while in Yorkshire and they got stuck
  • Several flights they had booked to fly home were later canceled, they said

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

Business owners Christopher and Chrissie Poe, of Boston, Massachusetts, had visited the area to meet their flat cap vendors.

But in a disastrous state of affairs, they got stuck in Yorkshire, where Mrs. Poe originally came from, when the pandemic started and they were unable to return home.

Ms. Poe said that despite booking several flights in a desperate attempt to fly back to Boston, all outstanding trips were canceled and their return home was curtailed.

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

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

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

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

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

The couple had been looking forward to visiting other countries in Europe, including Amsterdam for Mrs. Poe’s birthday, but they were forced to cancel their travel plans because of a blockage.

They were forced to spend the next 100 days in a rural Skipton B&B, which they found “challenging to relax” every day.

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

They feared that they would be forced to find an emergency escape home, they told Yorkshire Post.

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

In a disastrous state of affairs, the couple got stuck in Yorkshire, where Mrs. Poe originally came from, when the pandemic started and they couldn't return home

In a disastrous state of affairs, the couple got stuck in Yorkshire, where Mrs. Poe originally came from, when the pandemic started and they couldn't return home

In a disastrous state of affairs, the couple got stuck in Yorkshire, where Mrs. Poe originally came from, when the pandemic started and they couldn’t return home

They had flown to Yorkshire to meet suppliers for their flat cap activities

They had flown to Yorkshire to meet suppliers for their flat cap activities

They had flown to Yorkshire to meet suppliers for their flat cap activities

Mr and Mrs Poe were finally able to fly away last week and said they were flying away for a short period in the Dominican Republic before returning to Boston.

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

They said the products have become extremely popular in recent years due to hit shows like Peaky Blinders.

Every cap they sell is handcrafted by three Yorkshire suppliers and uses British wool.

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