A COUPLE from Burton had their wedding plans thrown into chaos after new owners at the venue where they had booked their reception decided to scrap all scheduled bookings.
Rebecca Waddell and Martin Parry, from Branston, were delivered the news by the new owners of The Meynell Ingram Arms, in Abbots Bromley Road, Hoar Cross, where they had planned to celebrate their big day in September.
The event had been booked two years in advance and a £250 deposit had been put down.
The historic 17th century building, which was once visited by Prince Philip, was saved from closure after an unnamed buyer submitted a rescue bid for the property, which was placed into administration in October last year.
Although a boost for the venue and the local community, the new owners, whose identity has yet to be revealed due to a confidentiality agreement, cancelled all upcoming bookings.
It is the latest blow for Rebecca Waddell, who was hit with the devastating news last year that she was suffering from a debilitating illness from which she would never recover.
Fortunately, the couple have managed to secure an alternative venue in Newton Solney, but Miss Waddell remains angered by the stress she has been put under after her wedding plans were thrown up in the air, as well as losing £250 which will not be refunded.
She said: “We were told last week that the new owner wants to refurbish the premises and wants to cancel all bookings. That was it basically.
“We had put a £250 deposit down and I had been wary ever since that something like this would happen. It’s one of the many things that have happened that have been a stress and a strain. The day before my birthday last year I was told I had a condition that I will never recover from.
“I’m angry more than anything. We had been promised for months that we didn’t have anything to worry about.”
Speaking on behalf of the new owners of The Meynell Ingram Arms, administrators Begbies Traynor, which handled the sale of the property, said: “We have exchanged contracts for a sale of the pub but the purchaser intends to close the pub on completion of sale in order to undertake a refurbishment.
“Unfortunately therefore they are not able and are not legally obliged to honour any prior bookings.
“It has been necessary to cancel some functions and any deposits taken since our appointment as administrators have been or will be refunded but any deposits taken prior to our appointment and paid to the company cannot be refunded.
“All of the action taken has been essential in securing the future of the pub.”