Thomas Cook stores close - but local help is at hand

Thomas Cook stores close - but local help is at hand

THOMAS COOK stores in Mirfield and Cleckheaton were closed with immediate effect this week, with around a dozen job losses.  

The Thomas Cook group, including its airline, ceased trading early on Monday morning and all its flights and holidays were cancelled.

Shops on Bradford Road in Cleckheaton and adjoining the Co-op in Mirfield have been shuttered, with a simple note in each window directing customers to a website for more information. 

The firm’s outlet in Dewsbury’s Princess of Wales Shopping Centre closed earlier this year, and a large Thomas Cook administrative centre at the top of Birkenshaw shut in 2015 with the loss of nearly 150 jobs.

One of the world’s best-known  and oldest tour operators, Thomas Cook, which can trace its history back to 1841, offered package holidays to hundreds of destinations worldwide.

Mirfield-based independent operator Tivoli Travel has been busy this week helping customers left stranded abroad or out of pocket. The firm have also employed one of the workers who lost their job at Thomas Cook in Cleckheaton. 

Owner Jo Richards (pictured) said: “The phone’s ringing constantly. People have lost not just a holiday, but in some cases the holiday of a lifetime, and some haven’t got the money to book again.

“We’re here to help anyone who needs it and can support them with any claims with Thomas Cook.”

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