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Life after Thomas Cook: A former cabin crew member's video diary

  • Ian's latest video diary from Tuesday, October 8

For more than two decades Ian Lilley worked for Thomas Cook and it was a job he loved.

A former member of the airline's cabin crew, he found out it was all over when he saw a picture of one of the aircraft impounded.

Ian is keeping a video diary for ITV News, showing what life is like for thousands of workers now coping with life after Thomas Cook.

His latest video, posted on Tuesday 8 October, comes before Hays Travel agreed to buy 555 high street shops from the collapsed airline - which could save up to 2,500 jobs.

It's not clear yet if that will affect Ian but what is for sure is the former cabin crew member has been looking to the future ever since his redundancy was confirmed, as his videos below document.

  • Monday, September 30

Ian discusses joining former colleagues to protest at the Tory party conference following the collapse of Thomas Cook and explains that he has not been paid.

  • Tuesday, October 1

After a visit to the union office in Salford to complete his redundancy claim, Ian hopes to get his back pay approved but he does not know when the money will hit his account.

  • Wednesday, October 2 - before Job Centre appointment

Ian makes a second attempt to sign on at the job centre.

  • Wednesday, October 2 - afternoon after Job Centre appointment

Having successfully signed on, Ian explains that he has to return to the job centre in a couple of weeks to prove he has been looking for jobs.

  • Thursday, October 3

Ian enjoys a productive day at a jobs fair for former Thomas Cook employees, which has resulted in a number of job interviews.

  • Friday, October 4

Ian speaks from the Thomas Cook leaving party in Manchester and looks ahead to some job vacancies he has seen.

  • Monday, October 7

After his first job interview since his redundancy, Ian gives his take on how it went.

He admits he doesn't have much experience for this particular role, but remains hopeful.

  • Tuesday, October 8

It's two job interviews in two days for Ian and Tuesday's was better than Monday's, he feels.

He only got the call in for this one at 5pm the day before so he didn't have much time to prepare.