Saturday 18 November 2017

Hotel rejects wedding party for being 'the wrong type of people'

Hannah Furness

AS a young bride-to-be, finding the perfect venue for your dream wedding can be one of the biggest challenges.

So when Pauline Bailey and her fiance visited a five-star country hotel that had featured in a James Bond film, they had no hesitation in setting aside the £10,000 required to secure the venue.

An email to Ms Bailey from the venue's management revealed that there was just one small problem, however -- they were "the wrong type of people" for the venue.

Ms Bailey (27) says she was "mortified" at the snub, after a member of staff at Stoke Park Hotel in Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire, sent her an email intended for a colleague in which she wondered how best to "put the wedding off".

Ms Bailey has now said she felt "humiliated" and accused the hotel of "deeply hurtful" discrimination after she and her fiance, Paul Carty (51), who is a UK ministry of defence engineer, were made to feel like "undesirables".

A representative of the hotel, which featured in James Bond film 'Goldfinger', has now apologised for the email error, promising the member of staff who sent it would be "dealt with internally".

Ten days after inquiring about the booking, they claim they had not heard back from wedding coordinator Michele Connelly. "We finally spoke to Michele. She said she needed to discuss dates as provisional bookings had been made on around the date we'd chosen," said Ms Bailey, from Luton.

"The next morning I was mortified reading her email, which she had sent to her boss but had also forwarded to me by mistake."

The email, addressed to sales manager Carlo Zoccali, read: "I need your advice on this wedding . . . I know this probably doesn't sound very nice, but I am trying to put this wedding off as I don't think they are the type of people that we would want to have at Stoke Park."

"It's clear to me that this hotel operates a policy of discrimination which is terribly wrong, unfair and deeply hurtful," said Ms Bailey, who claims she has discussed the possibility of bringing legal action against the hotel for defamation. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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