Island wedding will go ahead -- Branson
Published 24/08/2011 | 05:00
Richard Branson has insisted that his daughter will be able to get married on his luxury Caribbean island, despite the fire that destroyed his home there.
Holly Branson (29) is due to wed her fiance, shipbroker Freddie Andrewes, in December, but it is not certain if The Great House on Necker Island will be rebuilt in time.
The eight-bedroom property was burnt down when a blaze started early yesterday after it was struck by lightning in a storm.
Branson said his family had been "truly moved" by the messages they had received from around the world.
Oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet was praised yesterday after helping to rescue Branson's 90-year-old mother, Eve, from the flames.
The 'Titanic' star helped carry the elderly woman from The Great House and both managed to escape unhurt, along with Winslet's young children and a number of other guests, including Holly.
The 60-year-old Virgin entrepreneur bought Necker Island in the early 1980s, and began building the Great House in 1982.