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Hedge End couple end up in accident and emergency after drama at Wentworth House Hotel in Bath
7:23am Thursday 3rd October 2013 in News
A ROMANTIC weekend away ended in A&E for a couple after a hotel ceiling collapsed.
Linda Dundee was left with cuts and bruises after plaster crashed down around her and partner Michale O’Donaghue.
The couple, from Hedge End, had been looking forward to a relaxing weekend break in Bath.
But their stay ended in chaos when about two square yards of heavy plaster collapsed from the ceiling of the luxury hotel lounge where they were sitting watching television.
Michale, 52, had to help 43- year-old Linda to safety following the drama at Wentworth House Hotel, where they had paid £340 for a three-night bed and breakfast stay.
The hotel has apologised and refunded the couple.
Michale said: “We were both covered in debris and the plumes of dust from the collapse which filled up ears, nose, eyes, throat – it was awful.
“I just had a few minor cuts on the right arm. Linda had been bleeding from the nose and mouth, and a nasty gash on the knee.”
The couple had only just returned from an evening out in the city and were settling down to watch television in the lounge of the hotel, which claims on its website to be a “luxury hotel of great repute”.
But they ended the night in the Royal United Hospital’s accident and emergency unit, pictured above.
They checked in to a different hotel at 3am before returning to Hampshire the next day.
“Linda is currently walking around embarrassed by this massive bruising as a reminder of the evening,” said Michale, of Melbourne Gardens.
“I just hope that no one else will have to endure the horror and trauma we went through at this venue.”
A hotel spokesman said last night that the collapse had been caused by a leakage in a pipe in the ceiling and that it was not directly over the couple.
“We have investigated the incident and rectified the problem,”
the spokesman said. “This should not have happened and we apologise for the incident.”
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