A BLACK cloud over Tadcaster was “just like something out of a horror movie”, according to one resident.
A swarm of more than 20,000 honey bees had descended on Tadcaster and it looked like they were planning to stay.
“It was unbelievable,” said Ken Banks of Heatherdene. “I was busy in the garden, when all of a sudden I noticed this mass of black coming towards me and I knew straight away it was a swarm of bees,
“I alerted the neighbours and told them to close all their windows.”
Ken’s wife, Betty Banks, added: “It was just like something out of an Alfred Hitchcock horror movie and the neighbours over the fence were screaming.”
But these were not killer bees and quite content to go about their buzziness settling along the lane in Heatherdene to make a temporary home in a tree.
So who ya gonna call? Well the local beekeeper of course. Mr Banks got straight on the phone to John Whitaker from Barkston Ash Beekeepers’ Association.
He duly came out and put them in one of his hives and took them away to do what they do best – make honey.