Couple's plans left in disarray as Eastpoint Centre goes bust days before wedding

Matt Cain and Debbie James.

The Eastpoint Centre.

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IT was supposed to be the day of their dreams, but a Hampshire couple’s wedding day was left in tatters after the multi-million-pound venue chosen for their reception went into administration.

Debbie James and dock worker Matt Cain, 26, were devastated when their reception at the Eastpoint Centre in Thornhill was cancelled only four days before the big day.

As reported yesterday, the doors to the Bursledon Road community hub closed with the loss of 23 jobs after the firm in charge of the administration confirmed that it had ceased trading.

Since the Daily Echo reported the financial crisis last week, negotiations have been ongoing in the hope of selling the centre as a going concern – safeguarding the jobs and the centre as an asset for the community.

But those talks have now failed and the decision has been taken to close the centre, which was home to multiple community groups, for good.

Debbie, 22, had set her heart on the venue after spending a week training there for her job as a care assistant, and was planning to party with her new husband and 200 family and friends.

The couple, who will marry at St Mary’s Church in Sholing this weekend, had paid a £100 deposit last August. But the bride was left in tears when she was told on Tuesday afternoon that it could not go ahead after administrators confirmed that they were closing the centre.

Debbie, from Botany Bay Road, Sholing, said: “I was crying my eyes out yesterday and I’ve had to phone everyone, but my family have been brilliant.

“We had our hearts set on having the reception there but it’s not to be.

"Everything happens for a reason and we have been lucky because we have managed to find a new venue right at the last minute – so the party will go on.”

Last night a spokesman for administrators Baker Tilly said: “In recent weeks, the company and its professional advisers have held discussions with a wide range of stakeholders and third parties with a view to achieving a sale of the business as a going concern.

“Unfortunately, the interest received has been in respect of a sale of assets only, and no parties have sought to acquire the business as a going concern.”

He said that as the business is forecast to run at a loss, it is not financially viable to keep it open while in administration.

He added: “The Eastpoint Centre is now closed and has ceased to trade.”

It is understood staff have been called to a meeting today to inform them of the situation.

The Daily Echo understands that some workers are owed money in overtime while a handful of staff are being kept on to help facilitate any potential sale.

  • Additional reporting by Rebecca Pearson

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10:45am Thu 23 Jan 14

elvisimo says...

Botany Bay Road - hmm the administrator should tread carefully, could find himself in a tarmac grave or trampled by horse and cart...
Botany Bay Road - hmm the administrator should tread carefully, could find himself in a tarmac grave or trampled by horse and cart... elvisimo
  • Score: -3

11:39am Thu 23 Jan 14

sotontotty says...

So glad they have found somewhere, have a great day guys!
So glad they have found somewhere, have a great day guys! sotontotty
  • Score: 21

12:13pm Thu 23 Jan 14

RED & WHITE..RED & WHITE says...

Good News in the end, best of luck to them both and Congrats
Good News in the end, best of luck to them both and Congrats RED & WHITE..RED & WHITE
  • Score: 15

12:38pm Thu 23 Jan 14

ampshirelass says...

It's a shame its had to close, it could have been a great community building for the area to use. I have to say the management were very strict when it came to booking and hiring the venue, a friend of mine attempted to hire a room, for a community group which would have given them 52 weeks of the year income. Sadly there was no flexibility or compromise when it came to the arrangements. Their rules were too strict so she had to go elsewhere in the end. They missed out... I wonder if many others came across the same problem and that's why it never made enough income to stay open? Such a shame!
It's a shame its had to close, it could have been a great community building for the area to use. I have to say the management were very strict when it came to booking and hiring the venue, a friend of mine attempted to hire a room, for a community group which would have given them 52 weeks of the year income. Sadly there was no flexibility or compromise when it came to the arrangements. Their rules were too strict so she had to go elsewhere in the end. They missed out... I wonder if many others came across the same problem and that's why it never made enough income to stay open? Such a shame! ampshirelass
  • Score: 9

1:13pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Lockssmart says...

I thought the Croydon Facelift was dead?
I thought the Croydon Facelift was dead? Lockssmart
  • Score: 16

1:41pm Thu 23 Jan 14

boobooj says...

Lockssmart wrote:
I thought the Croydon Facelift was dead?
This far south I believe it is known as a 'Pompey Pineapple'.
[quote][p][bold]Lockssmart[/bold] wrote: I thought the Croydon Facelift was dead?[/p][/quote]This far south I believe it is known as a 'Pompey Pineapple'. boobooj
  • Score: 30

6:38pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Billymac1970 says...

Not the only people stitched up by eastpoint the staff & the customers of the social club have been as well
Not the only people stitched up by eastpoint the staff & the customers of the social club have been as well Billymac1970
  • Score: 3

9:29pm Thu 23 Jan 14

robj1969 says...

taxpayers funded 60%+ of the building costs when it was built, will the taxpayer get back the same % of whatever it gets sold for and will it get plowed back into Thornhill?
taxpayers funded 60%+ of the building costs when it was built, will the taxpayer get back the same % of whatever it gets sold for and will it get plowed back into Thornhill? robj1969
  • Score: 5

10:06pm Thu 23 Jan 14

silvershark055 says...

Once again the echo does not do any research she was getting married a year ago to another man so where they get three years from God only knows good to them
Once again the echo does not do any research she was getting married a year ago to another man so where they get three years from God only knows good to them silvershark055
  • Score: 6

10:28pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Debbie sue Cain says...

Well what can I say who really cares about this article anyway I'm married now and I had the best wedding I can wish for. Maybe I was engaged to someone else but being engaged to him was enough to make me realise who my heart belonged to and who it always had belonged to since I was 17 years old so yes I had been waiting for my wedding day to the RIGHT person for three years. Think everyone has a rebound or two, funny thing is silvershark055 do u actually know a lot about the ex fiancé? Enough to mention him, who would really blame me for leaving a smelly dirty weed head who robber a few grand off an old man whilst doing work for him or does this need to be written in another article? Maybe that could reach front page too!!!
Well what can I say who really cares about this article anyway I'm married now and I had the best wedding I can wish for. Maybe I was engaged to someone else but being engaged to him was enough to make me realise who my heart belonged to and who it always had belonged to since I was 17 years old so yes I had been waiting for my wedding day to the RIGHT person for three years. Think everyone has a rebound or two, funny thing is silvershark055 do u actually know a lot about the ex fiancé? Enough to mention him, who would really blame me for leaving a smelly dirty weed head who robber a few grand off an old man whilst doing work for him or does this need to be written in another article? Maybe that could reach front page too!!! Debbie sue Cain
  • Score: 4

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