A St Helens couple is taking legal action after their dream wedding on a Greek island was ruined by sev ere illness and an unhygienic hotel.
Christopher and Debra Cunliffe travelled to the four-star Lindos Princess resort on the island of Rhodes to tie the knot in May but the trip ended in disaster after the bride, groom and guests suffered nausea, stomach cramps and diarrhoea.
The couple were also unhappy at the poor hygiene standards at the luxury resort, which had food served uncooked or lukewarm in a restaurant with cats roaming around, a filthy swimming pool and dirty public toilets.
The 20-strong wedding party was also unable to celebrate the birthday of Debra and Christopher’s four-year-old daughter Megan during their trip due to illness.
The couple are now suing the Princess Lindos resort, which they booked through Thomas Cook, with travel lawyers Irwin Mitchell representing a large group of unhappy holidaymakers.
Hospital housekeeper Debra, 31, said: “We really couldn’t wait to see all our family and friends in Rhodes to celebrate our special day.
“All four of our immediate family, including our children Jessica and Megan, fell very ill which completely ruined the entire day and the rest of our holiday.
“To make matters worse our guests spent a lot of time in their hotel rooms as they began to suffer from similar symptoms and missed out on the celebrations. The day after the wedding was Megan’s birthday but we could not celebrate this in the normal way we would have liked.
“The holiday was also our honeymoon which was ruined because of how unwell we were feeling. We were very disappointed with the conditions at the resort and the hygiene standards were in my opinion very poor.”
Jennifer Downing from Irwin Mitchell said: “For Debra and Christopher their holiday was supposed to be the best days of their lives as they got married but they were unable to enjoy their special occasion with their loved ones.”
A Thomas Cook spokesman said: “Our resort team offered guests at the time their support and our customer services team liaised closely with the Cunliffe party on their return with a view to resolving their concerns.
“While our investigation into the illness continues, we are unable to provide further comment so as not to unduly influence any potential legal proceedings.”