Couple's Dream £50,000 Cyprus Wedding In Jeopardy After Thomas Cook Collapses
Katy Williams and fiance Peter Whyman were supposed to tie the knot with 48 of their friends and family in Ayia Napa next Wednesday, but as the flights and hotels were booked through the tour operator, it's unlikely that it will happen.
Peter had been working overtime for 18 months to afford the luxury trip and had wanted to get married as soon as possible so Katy's terminally ill mother Carol could see them on their big day.
The company announced it had folded in the early hours of this morning, with all future journeys cancelled.
Speaking to the Teeside Gazette just before the news of the company's collapse was announced, Katy, 33, of Redcar, North Yorkshire, said: "It's touch and go. I'm not sleeping. It's horrible. I'm just numb. My head is in the clouds. It's the not knowing and the fact we can't do anything about it."
Peter, an offshore rigger, has worked hard over the past year and a half to pay for the wedding, but was told by travel agents that nobody knew what was happening.
He said: "We have phoned the hotel direct to try find out if the hotel has been paid for in case we just need to book different flights - but still no info."
The couple have not told their three children - Sienna, 9, Mia, 8, and Owen, 7 - that their big day could be in jeopardy.
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Peter said: "I'm not telling them. I don't know how to break it to them. It's heartbreaking for them."
The collapse of Thomas Cook has affected numerous couples who have been planning weddings and honeymoons, as well as millions more holiday makers. But some of those hit hardest by the news are the thousands of staff who have lost their jobs.
Passengers aboard Thomas Cook's final flights have been organising whip rounds for cabin crew after being told the company had collapsed, with the crisis potentially leaving staff onboard unpaid for their final flight.
Staff on flights from Orlando and Las Vegas were reportedly left in tears after the kind gesture as they dealt with the devastating news that they were left without jobs three months before Christmas.
Speaking to the Mirror, Stephanie Kaye, who was one of the 326 passengers on the flight from Las Vegas, said: "One of the staff members made an announcement at the beginning of the journey to say they knew as much as we did, so please bear that in mind if you hear anything.
"At the end, the pilot came over on the tannoy and said, 'That's the end of our dream.'"
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