Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

We Had to Evacuate Our Hotel. They Thought There Was a Bomb Inside; Family's Nightmare as Terrorists Strike

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

We Had to Evacuate Our Hotel. They Thought There Was a Bomb Inside; Family's Nightmare as Terrorists Strike

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Byline: JOHN SUTTON

A PREGNANT woman was among those forced to evacuate her hotel during a holiday from hell.

Teresa Bonner, 32, told how her and eight members of her family had to dash from their four star accommodation in the Majorcan resort of Parma Nova when terrorists struck.

"The whole experience was really unnerving, and spoiled the holiday for me," said the accounts clerk.

"The night of the attack I didn't sleep a wink. It has put me off going back to Spain - I don't want to holiday somewhere where bombs go off."

The Gazette reported on Saturday how Peter Van Dijk, sons Mitchell and Cameron and partner Maureen had been caught up in the bomb attack, which happened just after lunch on Thursday.

And returning to Teesside airport on Saturday afternoon, Teresa told how her holiday supposed to be a 50th birthday celebration for June Cole, her boyfriend's mother - turned into a "horrible experience."

Others waiting at the airport also told of their fears on seeing news pictures of the blast and wondering if family were safe.

Teresa, who is three and a half months pregnant, was on holiday with boyfriend Ian Cole, 26, Ian's mum June, 49, dad Ian Snr, 52, and sister, 22-year-old Melanie, all of Astbury in Marton.

Also there were uncles and aunts Julie Garant, David Connor and Donna and Paul Burridge.

Teresa said: "A few of us had gone down to the beach, but Ian stayed at the hotel. I rang him to find out what was happening, and he said a bomb had gone off and they couldn't leave."

The family was staying at the Palmanova Palace Hotel, just yards from where the car bomb detonated.

Two police officers died in the attack, which has been blamed on Basque separatist group ETA.

Teresa returned to the hotel to find the area cordoned off - they were allowed back inside, but after that the whole building was locked down - until a horror scenario emerged.

She said: "They said we had to evacuate the hotel as there was a rumour that there was a bomb in there. …

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