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Sleepover for snowbound shoppers

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Heavy snow meant shoppers slept in John Lewis

More than 100 people spent the night in a department store in a Buckinghamshire town when they became stranded by the snow.

The 54 staff, 30 customers and 20 children were provided with food and a bed in John Lewis in High Wycombe.

Deborah Strazza, managing director of the store, said they all became stranded after heavy snow began to fall on Monday afternoon.

"There was no way I was going to throw customers out into that," she said.

"We just had to make use of what we had got.

"Basically we made up the beds and they all snuggled down in the bed department.

"It was so sweet, the kids absolutely loved it. They thought they were in [the film] Toy Story.

"The customers were really, really grateful and they could not thank us enough."



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