A former Thomas Cook flight attendant has described losing her job suddenly after two decades of service as being like a "bereavement".
Cabin crew member Nicola Ryles, from Old Colwyn, discovered she had lost her job when her friend messaged her during the early hours of Monday 23 September.
The travel firm entered compulsory liquidation after 178 years of trading after it failed to reach the 11.59pm deadline on Sunday 22 September, to secure a rescue package from its creditors.
It resulted in the cancellation of all of the business's flights and holiday packages.
The 44-year-old mum of two said: "It's all been a bit of a blur the last few days, and I think it will really hit me on Friday when I should have been going back to work".
Mrs Ryles, who hasn't been paid in seven weeks, has since been to the job centre, and has applied for positions with Easy Jet and Jet 2 airlines.
It's horrible as I'll be competing against former colleagues and women half my age," she said.
This year has been really tough as my husband Gary, who is self-employed also had a heart-attack two months ago.