Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Legionnaires' Families Sue Holiday Company

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Legionnaires' Families Sue Holiday Company

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Byline: By Liz hands and Daniel Cochlin

Seven North-East holidaymakers are fighting for compensation after one died and others were hospitalised with suspected Legionnaires' Disease after staying at a Turkish hotel.

All travelled to the Grand Sarba 1 Hotel in the popular resort of Icmeler with tour operators Goldtrail during September and October last year.

Grandfather Lloyd Nixon, 68, from Consett, County Durham, died on September 26 after being admitted to a Turkish hospital in the second week of his holiday. Yesterday, his devastated widow Winnie, 62, said she was launching legal action in a bid to get answers to find out exactly how her husband died.

"I went on holiday as a wife to a loving husband of 43 years and I came back a widow," she said. "My children said I'd lost my shadow. We did everything

together. Now, I just want answers. I don't feel I'll be able to grieve for my husband properly until I get them."

Former tiling factory worker Mr Nixon's death certificate says he died of heart failure, but as Legionnaires' can lead to pneumonia and to the body's organs shutting down, Mrs Nixon said she felt sure her husband would still be alive today if they had not stayed at the Grand Sarba.

Mr Nixon ( who leaves behind six children, 10 grandchildren and one great grandchild ( is thought to be the first of at least nine Britons to contract the disease who are being represented by law firm Irwin Mitchell.

The others, who all recovered, include two in Northumberland and four in Tyne and Wear ( among them 45-year-old Ronnie Culyer, from North Shields, and 52-year-old Alan Corner, from South Shields. There are also two victims from Wrexham in North Wales.

Both Mr Culyer and Mr Corner were confirmed as having the disease and Mrs Nixon now believes her husband also contracted it. It is believed the hotel closed for at least two weeks after Mr Nixon's death. …

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