Storm Arwen: huge tree crashes next to pub worker during cigarette break
A pub manager believes she would have lost her life had she been a few steps closer when Storm Arwen knocked down a tree.
Cheryl Pound was enjoying a cigarette at 1:32 a.m. Saturday under The Star’s outdoor shelter on Market Street, Bridgend. Then high winds knocked down a huge tree that landed inches from Cheryl in the pub garden.
The 55-year-old said: “The pub had closed and I went out for a cigarette before I finished cleaning. Next thing I get attacked by a tree.”
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Company video surveillance ( look above ) captured the near miss. Cheryl doesn’t describe herself as a spiritual person, but she thinks something has put her in the right place.
“That cigarette saved my life,” she laughed. “I’m not at all superstitious. But there must be something up there. I think if I wasn’t under cover I would definitely be dead.
“We had served behind the bar all night and it was windy but I wasn’t really worried. I was just smoking a cigarette and heard a crackle. Honestly, I thought someone jumped over the wall. .
“As you can see in the pictures, I came out of the shelter and I don’t know why, but something told me to take a step back. The next thing I knew was that the ‘tree has just fallen. “
Cheryl had a “slight” adrenaline rush and felt “more shocked than anything.” She had to crawl to the pub through the fallen tree, where she told her colleagues what had happened.
She added, “Tanner the porter and Lorraine the karaoke lady were in there. I said, ‘Did you hear that big bang?’ They said no.
“I told them, ‘We have a tree in our garden.’ They came out and were absolutely shocked. When we went upstairs and took the camera footage, I couldn’t believe how close I was.
“There is quite a bit of damage. They are still getting rid of the tree and there are four broken tables, with umbrellas. It also damaged the smoking shelter.”
Cheryl, who has worked for The Star for 10 years, says it’s the best job she’s had. “It’s a big, happy family working here,” she said. “Not many people can say they love their job, but I love my job. Everyone is happy that I’m still here, we shall say.”
You can read the latest updates on Storm Arwen here as a yellow wind warning remains in place for Wales.