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Groom called Thomas Cook may have to cancel wedding due to collapse of travel firm

The couple flew out on September 18 and were due to marry on September 27 Credit: BPM Media

A groom called Thomas Cook could be unable to get married after the holiday firm of the same name collapsed.

Thomas Cook, 29, and his partner Amelia Binch, 27, from Hucknall, Nottingham, are stuck in Rhodes after booking the getaway and wedding package with Thomas Cook.

They flew out on September 18 and were due to marry on September 27.

Almost half of the guests are due to fly out with Thomas Cook over the coming days, including the best man.

But the couple have been told the wedding might not go ahead, as the Thomas Cook package included the wedding ceremony, flowers, cake, decorations and entertainment.

The pair, who have two young daughters together, Alice, five, and Lucy, seven, had flown out from East Midlands Airport with their parents and close family.

They were due to fly home on October 3, but they have been told to be on standby as they could be called to the airport any day.

The couple have spent nearly £10,000 on the trip.

Thomas Cook promised us a surprise on our wedding because of my name but this was not the surprise we were expecting.

I am just devastated. We have got 30 plus friends and family coming out, half are stuck at home in limbo. My best man is still in England. No-one here knows anything.

I have been planning this for two years and it has all gone to pot. We have paid for everything. It is shattering. We don't know what we can do.

Thomas Cook staff have been good but they lost their jobs."

– Thomas Cook

Amelia added: "It is costing us nearly £10,000 and we are sat here stressed out. We don't know if we are getting married."

I had a collapsed lung before I came and I got the all clear. It just seems like one thing after the other. We are ATOL-protected but it is an absolute nightmare.

We are just really anxious. We are being told we might be flying back to Manchester or London and we could be told we are to fly out today. They have said it could be any time."

– Amelia Binch
The couple have been together for 12 years Credit: BPM Media

The couple, who have been together for 12 years, chose the location because they wanted to get married abroad and it was cheaper to marry in Rhodes than having a wedding in the UK.

Amelia added: "It's awful. You don't expect it to happen with a company like this. That's why we booked with them. It is now going to cost us more."

A statement on the Thomas Cook website said: "Thomas Cook UK Plc and associated UK entities have entered Compulsory Liquidation and are now under the control of the Official Receiver.

"The UK business has ceased trading with immediate effect and all future flights and holidays are cancelled.

"A dedicated support service is being provided by The Civil Aviation Authority to assist customers currently overseas and those in the UK with future bookings."

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