Highlands & Islands

'Brandy apology' to Aviemore bride's daughter

Wedding cake figures
Image caption It was claimed the couple's guests did not get to taste the wedding cake

A hotel sent a bride's 20-month-old daughter a brandy and coke as an apology after a complaint about its service, it has been claimed in court.

Garry and Lorraine McKay have sought damages from the Hilton Coylumbridge, near Aviemore, for the way staff handled their wedding in 2007.

They claim guests fell ill with food poisoning and Mrs McKay was interrupted while having her make-up done.

The hotel want judge Lord Kinclaven to rule that the case should be dismissed.

The McKays, from Aviemore, have raised a civil action at the Court of Session in Edinburgh against the hotel's owners Stakis Limited.

They have sought a refund of £4,280 and £10,000 each in damages.

A judge was shown a list of complaints by couple.

It included guests not getting wedding cake because the chef took it away and some of those invited falling ill with food poisoning.

Sparkling wine supposed to be for the wedding party was given to other hotel users by mistake.

Cleaners tried to throw the bride out of her room while she was doing her make-up and getting ready for the ceremony, the couple have claimed.

It was also alleged that when Mr McKay's beautician complained to the hotel's event manager she got an apology and a free drink for the bride's daughter.

However, the young girl was sent a brandy and coke.

Stakis have challenged the action and insisted they did not break the deal with the McKays.

Their counsel, Mary Maitland, suggested that some of the statements made in the hotel's advertising literature were "subjective" and not the basis for any contract.

If the judge rules in favour of the McKays a fuller hearing is expected early next year.

In a statement to BBC News Scotland, Hilton Worldwide said: "Following this wedding in October 2007, Hilton Coylumbridge acted quickly and conducted a thorough investigation, responding to the allegations made by the McKays.

"We are sorry to hear of their dissatisfaction. Our policy, however, is not to comment on pending litigation as it is a matter for the courts."

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