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Bride-to-be yet to receive refund after north Belfast wedding venue closes suddenly

It emerged earlier this week that the Lansdowne Hotel in north Belfast is for sale. Picture by Hugh Russell

A BRIDE-TO-BE due to marry at a north Belfast hotel next month has described how she has still not received a penny refund after the venue suddenly shut its doors.

Lynsey Lowry and fiancé Owen Moyna were due to celebrate their wedding reception at the Lansdowne Hotel on June 2.

But just weeks before their big day, the couple learned that the Antrim Road venue had closed.

Almost a month after the closure, Ms Lowry said they are still awaiting their £1,000 refund.

"We hadn't a clue that this was going to happen, as far as we knew, our wedding was going ahead as planned," said Ms Lowry.

The owners of the well-known hotel announced on April 12 it had been closed indefinitely following serious "health and safety concerns".

English budget chain, Metro Inns, said renovations which had been due to take place later this year, had been "brought forward" following concerns identified in a recent environmental inspection.

However, it has since emerged that the three-storey hotel has gone on the market.

Ms Lowry told The Irish News they had been "left in the dark" about the closure.

Fortunately, the couple have been able to rearrange their reception for the alternative venue of the Beechlawn House Hotel as well as re-directing all their suppliers involved in arrangements for the day.

But Ms Lowry said they are disappointed the hotel has yet to reimburse or compensate them.

Metro Inns had last night still not responded to a request for comment.

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