Couple's wedding plans hit by hotel's woes

By Tim Clarke 24/05 Updated: 24/05 13:35

Buy photos » Phil Rowley and Sian Purser have been forced to switch wedding reception venues. (s)

A COUPLE from Worcester face losing £1,500 after their wedding plans were plunged into turmoil by a Bransford hotel's financial plight.

With just weeks to go until their special day Sian Purser and her husband-to-be Phil Rowley discovered their wedding reception venue the Bank House Hotel had been placed into the hands of joint liquidators CMB Partners and another firm.

A new management company has been appointed by the liquidators to keep it open for the time being but the hotel's woes have forced Miss Purser and Mr Rowley to switch venues ahead of their wedding at Claines Church on Saturday, June 2.

Miss Purser's parents handed over a cheque for £500 two years ago and then a further £1,000 at the start of the year towards the cost of hiring the venue.

But Miss Purser said once the Bank House's financial plight became apparent they were told they would have to call back a week before their wedding to see whether it was still open and could host their wedding breakfast and evening reception.

They decided they could not take the risk and have switched venues to Temple Laugherne House, in Lower Broadheath.

Miss Purser, 26, said: "We rang them this week and they said they were confident it would go ahead but they still couldn't say definitely. It has been really upsetting not knowing whether our wedding reception is going ahead because you don't know what to do - do you hold on or cancel?

"This is the time we should be enjoying the build up and getting all excited but I cannot tell you how many times I have cried because it has been so upsetting not knowing what's going on.

"But we are determined now to make this the best day of our lives, despite what has happened."

The Standard contacted joint liquidator CMB Partners on several occasions but had not received any response at the time of going to press.

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