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18-30s hell

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It is a constant source of amazement how often the regional media are willing to hand over column inches to whinging attention-seekers.

Although anyone of any age with something vaguely resembling a brain would return from an ’18-30s’ holiday describing it as a ‘nightmare’, Margaret Busby, 63, felt compelled to go to her local newspaper about it.

Blackpool Gazette, 13 March 2010 (story):

Disabled pensioner’s 18-30s hell

A DISABLED Fylde pensioner today blasted a top travel agent after they sent her on a “nightmare” holiday to notorious 18-30s’ party resort Magaluf.

Margaret Busby, 63, said rather than the “nice and peaceful” holiday she requested, her stay at the Fiesta Jungla involved round-the clock parties, uncontrollable teenagers and boozed up revellers having sex in the swimming pool.

It is a shame the Bispham pensioner did not do her research.

The hotel is described on holiday-rating website Trip Advisor as “a 24/7 party place”, “the hotel that never sleeps”, “crazy” and “like a youth hostel with no rules”.

While the instinctive reaction might be to feel sorry for Margaret, following further consideration it’s difficult not to sympathise with the spokesman from Co-operative Travel.

Mrs Busby, who requires a wheelchair or walking sticks to get around, says she relied on the expertise of local travel agents Co-Op Travel to select her holiday.

While she admits she was told when she booked the £300 per-person trip at Co-Op’s branch at Asda, in Marton, it was a “Thomson freestyle” holiday, she says it was not explained to her what that entailed.

Mrs Busby described her holiday in the Majorcan resort as “the holiday from hell” and has now made an official complaint.

She said: “It was atrocious. The hotel was called Fiesta Jungla and it was like a jungle.

“There was loud music playing all the time, it was so loud you couldn’t speak above it. You could hear it everywhere – including in your room.”

A spokesman for Co-operative Travel insisted the firm had informed the pensioner what sort of hotel she would be staying at.

He said: “Mrs Busby came in to our branch having seen a window offer.

“At the time of booking our consultant advised her the property was classed as young and lively, and it was further explained this meant it would be busy, noisy, and largely populated by young people.

“We offered Mrs Busby a number of other options, but all of these were deemed to be too expensive, and she was insistent we book the original holiday she had requested.”

Perhaps this was a genuine misunderstanding between a hapless holidaymaker and a blameless travel agent. Or perhaps it was all an elaborate ploy on the part of Margaret Busby to get herself in the paper. Either way, it’s likely to be a while before she has to try and get to sleep to the throbbing sounds of DJ Otzi’s version of ‘Hey! Baby’ again. Poor lamb.

Thank you to Mark Palmer.


Written by Paddy

March 20, 2010 at 10:28 am

4 Responses

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  1. She should be thankful that Wayne Roomey wasn’t staying there at the same time. Just think how much more trouble she would have been in if he was…


    March 20, 2010 at 10:46 am

  2. Fiesta Jungla was like a huge party but in a jungle. It was unprecedented and nothing in the name could have hinted to the true nature of the place.


    March 22, 2010 at 1:57 pm

  3. Gez, please stop linking to that blog of yours on these pages. People may begin to suspect that I didn’t design this one.


    March 23, 2010 at 7:12 pm

  4. Ok


    March 25, 2010 at 1:33 pm

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