"The cold snap has led to a medical problem with our racing
snails - it's called hibernation," the Dartmoor Union Inn in
southwest England said on its Facebook page.
Temperatures across much of Europe are below normal for the time
of year, and British weather forecasters have warned of bitterly
cold winds and snow that could disrupt transport and cut off
rural communities over the coming week.
England's public health authority said on Friday the prolonged
cold weather posed a danger to elderly people and young children
if they could not heat their homes.
The Dartmoor Union Inn said it planned to reschedule what it had
billed as "The 1st International Snail Grand National", in aid
of a local air ambulance service, once the weather warms up.
(Reporting by David Milliken; Editing by Mark Potter)
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