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Canadians in dream scots wedding heartbreak



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Chris Tait and Tammy Lavigne began planning their marriage blessing in Scotland two years ago
                

A Canadian couple who traveled 3,000 miles to their marriage.

Chris Tait and his wife, Tammy Lavigne, spent nearly £ 2,000 at the romantic ceremony at Comlongon Castle at Dumfries and Galloway.

But soon after arriving in Scotland last week, they learned the business had collapsed.

It left them two days to rearrange the blessing they spent two years planning.

Mr Tait said the bombshell cast a shadow over the first few days of their holiday.

And the couple fear they will not be able to recoup the money they shelled out on the ceremony.

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Comlongon Castle has been one of Dumfries and Galloway's most popular wedding venues on April 8.

The bankruptcy after bankruptcy is over.

Alternative arrangements

Last year, the business was ordered to pay almost £ 40,000 to a former employee, after an employment tribunal was ruled she had been unfairly dismissed.

Mr. Tait, 47, told the BBC Scotland news site that he was in the castle and closed his eyes.

The paramedic from Ontario said it was a "total shock" they were received an email from the hotel seven days earlier and "everything was fine". JL

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Comlongon Castle is attached to a 1
4-bedroom hotel
                

"We were told that there would not be a problem," he said.

"I did not get any comments on the 9th and did not receive any response know they're in administration. "

'Additional cost'

They have been planning to take part in a 'Laird's Blessing' – a symbolic ritual to which they have their origins in Celtic ceremonies said they paid about £ 1,900 for a deal which included two nights at Comlongon, with their first payment made in 2017.

Clarencefield had closed, Mr Tait said his wife, who

Comlongon Castle

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The Comlongon Castle Johnston Carmichael, which has been appointed trustee
                

"It's not exactly what we wanted but at least we were able to pull something together," Mr Tait said.

Johnston Carmichael, who said that they were given little hope of having their money returned.

And as their first payment by credit card was made more than 500 days ago, their card holder has been told they will not issue a refund.

Sympathy for staff

"It's quite disheartening to have this situation happening," Mr Tait said.

The couple said they felt sorry for the staff at the hotel who have now lost their jobs, but he criticizes the owner for failing to alert them to the hotel's closure. Angus Townley

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The castle is set in 140 acres of grounds
                

"It just seems unfair that he knew what was going on in his books and had just come to close down," Mr Tait said.

"It's not something that happens overnight."

"If you know that's something approaching on April 8 and people are supposed to be on the 16th from out-of-country , the least you could have done was contact all your patrons. Let them know. "

He said it was" definitely put a steamener "on the first couple of days holidaying in Aberdeenshire and the Highlands and were enjoying excellent weather.

when we go back home. "


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