Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Complaint Already on Beds in Tragedy

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Complaint Already on Beds in Tragedy

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Byline: By Louise Redvers

Tour company My Travel had already received complaints about the fold-down beds which killed two sisters in a Benidorm apart-ment.

Alice Wardle, 67, and Mildred Bowman, 62, from Low Fell, Gateshead, died when the wooden frame of the bed collapsed on top of them while they slept.

Their devastated relatives are now considering legal action.

But today the Chronicle can reveal this is not the first time questions have been raised over the beds' safety.

Frank and Anne Kelly complained to staff at Levante Club apartments during their stay in April because they said the beds were dangerous and their room too small.

The couple, 60 and 55, cut short their holiday and were later paid pounds 142 in compensation by My Travel.

Mildred's daughter Carole Gregory, 44, who was Alice's god-daughter, said: "Someone has got to be responsible for this.

"We have got legal representation in Benidorm and are determined to find out what happened.

"Nobody should die this way. The family is determined to get justice."

Mrs Gregory, of Harlow Green, Gateshead, said she was shocked by claims My Travel had already received complaints about the beds.

"There's no way elderly people like my mum and aunt should have to pull down heavy beds like these," she said.

"And I am shocked to hear My Travel had already had complaints about the beds but still gave the rooms to older people."

Mr and Mrs Kelly, from Bootle, near Liverpool, had been treated to the break by family for Frank's 60th birthday after he'd been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

The retired lorry driver said: "I was shocked and horrified when I saw what had happened to Mrs Wardle and Mrs Bowman.

"I thought the beds were very awkward and dangerous because they were so heavy to pull down and the rooms were very small. …

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