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HOLIDAYMAKERS have spoken of the disruption and devastation they have faced following the collapse of Thomas Cook.

Abbie Howat, of Dumfries, is currently in Florida with her family and unsure how they will get home.

She said: “We have no idea when our replacement flight will be.

“With seven kids in our party, this is very worrying.”

Abbie, who runs the Mrs Howat’s Vintage Barbers with her wife Cole, added: “It’s not the relaxed holiday break we imaged.

“I feel absolutely gutted for all the staff who have now lost their jobs.”

Meanwhile,  Lisa Truelove, of Eastriggs, faces having to unpack her suitcases after a long awaited break to Kos was cancelled just days before departure.

She booked it last year as a 40th present for her husband Ryan. Lisa, a nursing student, said: “This was meant to be our ray of sunshine after what turned out to be a very bad year. To say we are upset is an understatement.”

Thomas Cook chief executive Peter Fankhauser said: “I would like to apologise to our millions of customers and thousands of employees, suppliers and partners who have supported us for many years.”

The company’s stores in Annan, pictured above, and Dumfries have been shut.

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