Wedding rescued after Whitcliffe woes

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A couple have said they feel “overwhelmed” with generous offers of help to save their wedding.

Aidan and Mel Hainsworth had originally booked their big day for March 22 at the Whitcliffe Hotel in Cleckheaton.

But, after the hotel went into liquidation last week, their dreams looked to be in tatters just two months before their big day.

After the Spenborough Guardian featured their story last week, they have been inundated with offers from hotels and venues willing to help, including Ponderosa, the Shears and Low Moor Club, and Gomersal Park Hotel.

Aidan said: “We have been bowled over with the response. We decided to 
go with Gomersal Park, but are so grateful for all the 
other offers.”

The hotel also waived the deposit and gave them a discount.

General manager Gavin Jack said: “We were only too happy to help.

“If anyone else booked at the Whitcliffe and is having trouble, they can call us and we will see what we can do.”

The couple may well lose their £500 deposit and said they would have to put their honeymoon on hold for a couple of years, but help was at hand from an unlikely source.

Andrew Murdock, who owns the Hotel Commodore in Llandrindod Wells, Wales, was the manager of the Whitcliffe Hotel until September 2012, and offered them couple two nights free in the bridal suite by way of a honeymoon.

Aidan added: “We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of the people mentioned above and the likelihood is we will have an even better wedding than we planned.”