HEARTBROKEN Thomas Cook customers are being offered free weddings and train travel in the wake of the firm’s dramatic collapse.
Football clubs are also stepping forward to give free match tickets to staff who worked for the disatser-hit operator.
Several couples’ dream nuptials were scuppered yesterday when Thomas Cook went into liquidation, leaving planes grounded, holidays cancelled and wedding parties stranded.
Today, Hillfields Farm in Berkshire has generously offered their country barn venue free of charge to two couples who booked their wedding through Thomas Cook this year.
We can only imagine how stressful and upsetting it must be if you’re in the lead up to your wedding and you’ve just heard that Thomas Cook will not be able to fulfil this
The venue posted on its Facebook page: “In light of the news today that Thomas Cook have gone into administration, we want to help by offering our wedding reception venue completely free of charge to 2 couples who had their wedding booked this year through Thomas Cook (proof of booking will be needed).
“We can only imagine how stressful and upsetting it must be if you’re in the lead up to your wedding and you’ve just heard that Thomas Cook will not be able to fulfil this.
“Our venue is near Pangbourne, Berkshire. We are a small, family run business with a 300 year old, dry hire barn reception venue and 13 years’ experience running weddings.
“There is a capacity for 120 and the venue will come with tables, chairs, rustic decorations and a music system.”
Hillfields Farm in Berkshire is offering its venue for free to two couples who booked a their wedding through Thomas Cook this year[/caption]
The venue has a 300 year old, dry hire barn and can hold 120 guests[/caption]
The owners go on to explain that there are “no hidden charges”, but the wedding party will have to provide their own catering and bar.
The Sun Online told yesterday how a groom called Thomas Cook had his wedding in Greece scuppered by the travel firm that shares his name.
Thomas, 29, and his partner Amelia Binch, 27, from Hucknall, Notts., were stuck in Rhodes after booking the dream getaway and wedding package through Thomas Cook.
But the distraught couple have been told the wedding might not go ahead, as the Thomas Cook package included the wedding ceremony, flowers, cake, decorations and entertainment.
Thomas said: “Thomas Cook promised us a surprise on our wedding because of my name but this was not the surprise we were expecting.”
Meanwhile, Peterborough United Football Club is giving free tickets to Thomas Cook workers for Saturday’s clash against Wimbledon.
The club said it was keen to help those left jobless after Thomas Cook’s demise – because of the company’s “long-standing relationship with Peterborough United.
In a statement published on their website, the Posh explained they were offering the free tickets as a goodwill gesture.
The statement added: “Thomas Cook employees must visit the Ticket Office at the Weston Homes Stadium and provide proof of employment to secure their free match ticket.
“Additional tickets for the children of those affected are also available for a nominal fee.”
Lincoln City FC are also offering ex Thomas Cook staff free coach travel and tickets to their match against Blackpool on Friday.
Holidaymakers affected by Thomas Cook’s collapse are also being offered assistance by West Midlands Railway and London Northwestern Railway – including free travel or refunded tickets to and from Birmingham or Liverpool airports.
All train companies have already agreed to allow passengers booked on their services to travel on an alternative service.
But West Midlands Railway and London Northwestern Railway are giving free travel to displaced Thomas Cook customers dropped at a different airport.
The companies have also pledged refund train tickets which were bought for holidays which are no longer going ahead and are not covered by travel insurance.
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Andy Camp, commercial director for West Midlands Railway and London Northwestern Railway, said: “Following the collapse of Thomas Cook we know there will be a lot of stress for passengers as they try to make alternative arrangements to get home or replan their upcoming holidays.
“With both Liverpool John Lennon and Birmingham International airports on our network we want to do our part to help those who have been affected or displaced by this sad situation.”
Britain’s oldest travel firm went bust in the early hours of yesterday morning, leaving 150,000 Brits stranded in 53 destinations in 17 countries – and 21,000 jobs at risk.
On the firm’s final flight yesterday, emotional Thomas Cook passengers held a whip-round for staff who were told they wouldn’t be paid.
A tear-jerking video showed passengers raising money for stricken staff and applauding crew members as a plane from Orlando landed in Manchester.
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The Airbus A330 touched down at Manchester Airport at 9.30am yesterday after news the travel firm had gone under broke as they were in the air.
Thomas Cook’s collapse leaves 9,000 British employees in limbo and thousands of holidaymakers stranded abroad.
Some staff have been made redundant, while others will be kept on for now – see the box above for more information on salaries and redundancy payouts.
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