A WOMAN has spoken of her disappointment after her dream holiday was one of thousands cancelled due to the collapse of Thomas Cook.

Karen Meadows, from Hexham, had booked flights to Florida for her and her family with the travel company.

However, following the company’s liquidation over the weekend, she was left with a £4,000 bill and no guarantee of getting her money back.

She said: “We had our dream holiday booked for October when Thomas Cook went into liquidation.

“We heard worrying reports that if you were flight only, with no Atol protection, you were in trouble – which we were.

“I had a bit of a panic and ended up going on Martin Lewis’s website, (the money saving expert) which told me if you booked by debit or credit card you should be able to get the money back via insurance.

“We put a lot of money into this, it was £4,000 just for the flights.

“The forms I had to fill out took forever, but I’ve sent them off and hopefully we’ll get some back. I’m not sure if it will be all of it. I’m disappointed because I was looking forward to it, it was all booked and planned. But I’m relieved I’ll get some money back.”

Other residents of the Tyne Valley who had booked with Thomas Cook also had their holidays put in jeopardy, but many managed to make alternative travel arrangements.

The collapse of the 178-year-old company looks set to hit up to 9,000 jobs in the UK, with Thomas Cook branches across the country closing.

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