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Wednesday, 25 August 2010

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Is this really your holiday? Well is it?

A major holiday company is being sued by a holidaymaker from Kent, due to an alleged misleading advertisement for a family holiday, in it's brochure.

Peter Biddle, 38, took his family to Crete for a week in July, and had what he describes as 'the worst holiday of my life'.

Peter blames the holiday giant for ruining his families week away, as the holiday did not live up to expectations.

"The pictures that accompanied the text within the brochure, clearly showed deep blue hued water in a swimming pool, palm trees seemingly swaying in a light breeze, 23 people playing by the pool and all of this bathed in gorgeous hot sunshine," said Amy Butternut, Mr Biddle's solicitor.

"But when my client arrived at the Three Springs Hotel and Laundrette, the reality was quite different," she continued, "Oh, sure, the swimming pool was there! But there were two people by the pool not the 23 as advertised, and neither of them originally appeared in the brochure, it was raining and one of the trees had been pruned right back!"

"The rain continued for six out of the seven days. And the water was light blue in appearance, not deep blue," she continued.

Mr Biddle attempted to complain to staff at the hotel, but was told to 'be reasonable'.

"Reasonable?" said Mr Biddle, "I'll give them reasonable! If I buy a tin of beans, I expect beans, not spaghetti hoops! I bought a sunny holiday, with 23 people by the pool, that's not what I got!"

A Tommy Cooke spokesman told us "he's crazy! We accept responsibility for all things during the holiday as far as level of service, standards of building functionality and entertainment, but not the weather! That photograph was a representation of the holiday to be expected, not an actual image."

Tommy Cooke have, however, removed the image from it's brochure. The text is now accompanied by an artists impression of an aeroplane flying through the air. The case continues.

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