A GROOM is about to get his wedding day tattooed on his arm and split £4,000 at his dream venue – only when it’s suddenly CANCELED without warning.
Heartbreaking Michael Crane, 37, and fiancee Linda Brown, 42, were left behind after the Best Western Park Hall hotel in Lancashire abruptly closed on Monday.
Shocked Michael – who paid £180 for date and time his wedding has a tattoo on his left arm before Christmas – said he was furious when he found out.
The hotel has closed for weddings and plans to reopen as a hotel for asylum seekers.
And the police had to be called on Monday when the angry couples turned back get their money back.
Michael said: “It was really shocking. Never in a million years did we think they would close.
“It was a beautiful room, they had an old medieval hall and when it was finished it looked very smashed. The room sealed it up for us.
“But since we booked, the hotel has closed twice. It was a nightmare from the start.
“They blamed the closure but the government guidelines didn’t say they had to close at the time.
“You can’t expect that from a hotel attached to a name like Best Western.”
The couple, who have been together for four years, paid £4,000 in advance for the wedding – which is due to be held on 5 August.
Michael, from Warrington, Cheshire, said he has a family from the US who also booked the hotel – and now he fears they won’t get any of it back.
And to add insult to injury, Michael also marked the date and time of their wedding on his left hand.
He added: “I’ve got a lot of tattoos, but since getting my Covid stab they haven’t healed very well so I wanted it. medical treatment in time for the wedding. “
The couple was able to reschedule their wedding for the next day at a different location – so he would adjust the number 5 on his tattoo to a 6, but the timing would be wrong.
Michael said: “We booked it for October.
“I only found out over the weekend when I was looking at a review on google that someone said they would love to stay but the hotel will be closing on February 7th. We weren’t even told.”
TATS GOTTA HURT
Adam Weate, 32, and Danielle Sugden, 29, will also be wed at Park Hall on May 7.
The groom-to-be ran to Park Hall on Sunday night to be told that if he returned at 11 a.m. the next day, someone would be willing to explain and refund.
But when they arrived at the scheduled time, they said they faced chaos – and they couldn’t speak to anyone in authority.
They were paid just £1,000 out of £2,500 – and say the whole ordeal was a “roller coaster”.
Former Wigan Athletic president Bill Kenyon, who owns nearby Holland Hall, offered both couples use of his venue for the same price they paid Park Hall.
“It’s been a roller coaster ride overall,” says Adam.
“Our wedding was canceled twice at Park Hall already. It was because of Covid, there was nothing they could do about it, but they didn’t handle it with any kind of sympathy.
“Then on Sunday night we saw on social media that the place would be closed.
“I got there late at night and they told me to come back 12 hours later and all would be sorted out – but it wasn’t.
“We received £1,000 of the promised refund but no explanation, including the rest of the amount and all guests who booked.”
Mr Kenyon said: “There couldn’t be much worse than seeing so many meticulously tailored wedding plans go wrong.
“We hope we can at least help some of the affected couples.”
Jenni Halliday, Serco’s contract manager for refugee accommodation, said: “With the dramatic increase in arrivals in the UK, we have no choice but to temporarily accommodate one number of asylum seekers in hotels.
“These hotels are meant to be used only as a last resort, but as accommodation providers on behalf of the Home Office, it is our responsibility to find accommodation for asylum seekers who are being we take care.
“The Serco team is working extremely hard to move people into distributed social housing as quickly as possible.”
Best Western has been approached for comment.
https://www.thesun.co.uk/fabulous/17605221/groom-tattoo-wedding-date-dream-venue-cancelled/ The groom’s wedding day tattoo on his arm and £4,000 split at a dream location