The pub manager almost lost his life after a large tree collapsed during a cigarette break

A pub manager almost lost her life when a large tree crashed next to her.

CCTV footage shows the moment Cheryl Pound was nearly crushed on her cigarette break by a tree that was knocked down by Storm Arwen.

Cheryl, manager at The Star in Bridgend, was enjoying a cigarette when strong winds felled a large tree that landed inches from her in the pub garden.

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The 55-year-old told WalesOnline : “The pub was closed and I went out for a cigarette before I finished cleaning up. The next time I’m attacked by a tree.”

The company’s CCTV caught the near-accident. Cheryl does not describe herself as a spiritual person, but she believes something put her in the right place.

“That cigarette saved my life,” she laughed. “I’m not superstitious at all. But there must be something up there. I think if I were not under cover, I would definitely be dead.

“We had been serving behind the bar all night and it was blowing, but I was not really worried. I just had a cigarette and I heard a crack. I honestly thought someone had jumped over the wall.

“As you can see from the footage, I walked out of the shelter and I do not know why, but something said I should step back. The next thing I knew, the tree just fell.”

Cheryl had a “slight” adrenaline rush and felt “shock more than anything else”. She had to crawl back to the pub through the felled tree, where she told her colleagues what had happened.

She added: “The doorman Tanner and the karaoke lady Lorraine were in there. I said, ‘Did you hear the big bang?’ They said they did not have.



A CCTV still image of Cheryl Pounds near miss

“I said to them, ‘We have a tree in our garden.’ They came out and were completely shocked. When we went upstairs and took the footage from the camera, I could not believe how close I was.

“There is a lot of damage. They are still getting rid of the wood and there are four tables broken with umbrellas. It also damaged the smoking room.”

Cheryl, who has worked at 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 must say.”

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