‘Holiday from hell’ court fight

Godfrey and Anne Tattersall

Godfrey and Anne Tattersall

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A COUPLE are embroiled in a High Court battle after an alleged holiday from hell.

Godfrey Tattersall, 60, and his wife Anne, 53, from Out Rawcliffe, near Hambleton, are among 127 claimants pursuing £300,000 worth of damages.

It comes after a package holiday at the Movenpick Resort Hotel in Taba, Egypt, in March 2008.

All the claimants, who stayed at the resort between March and July 2008, have a long list of complaints, relating to the cleanliness of the hotel, and are currently suing those involved through the High Court in London.

An audit of the hotel in April 2008 showed there were no sneeze guards for the cold buffet, ice machines needed cleaning, fridges were dirty and food was stored on floors.

Mr Tattersall, who runs Just Desserts, a stall in Houndshill Shopping Centre, said: “We couldn’t hold anything down and we were both on drips.

“ The best thing we could do was to get out of there.”

It is claimed some guests suffered from salmonella while others contracted gastro-intestinal illnesses, including vomiting and diarrhoea.

Mr Tattersall added: “It was a complete disaster. It was diabolical and the whole hotel was going down with it – even the manager. Within 12 hours of arriving we were really ill.”

The group also claim food was served lukewarm, staff failed to control vermin, sick members of staff continued to work, and dirty rooms occupied by sick guests were re-allocated to new guests.

Solicitor Clare Campbell of Pannone LLP, who represent the claimants, said: “Unless we can agree a settlement for all these clients their cases will proceed to trial.”

The group is suing Allbury Travel Group, trading as Libra Holidays, as well as Peltours, First Choice Holidays and Flights, Longwood holidays, Hotels4u.com, Future travel, trading as Travel Now, and Movenpick Resort.

A spokesman for First Choice said: “The health and well being of our customers is of paramount importance to First Choice. We are concerned to learn of any alleged illness in any of our properties. Our legal team, along with the other tour operators involved, are currently addressing the allegations.”