'Heartbroken' Liskeard bride loses £460 after wedding decor firm goes bust
A BRIDE-TO-BE from Liskeard has been left "heart-broken" after a wedding décor firm went bust, leaving her £460 out of pocket.
Kamy Stewart, 28, had ordered an array of accessories for her big day next June including chair covers, sashes, topiary trees and a "candy cart" sweet buffet.
However, soon after she placed her order with Dudley-based firm A Little Bit Of Bling (ALBOB), she was informed by its owner that the company had ceased trading.
Miss Stewart, of Penharget Close, Pensilva, was promised a refund but has still not received a penny, leading her to file complaints with the police, trading standards and the small claims court.
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She is one of more than 100 women who say they have been left high and dry by ALBOB, and who have now set up a campaign group on Facebook.
The mother-of-two told the Cornish Guardian: "It's a huge amount of money for us to lose. I've lost sleep over this and some days I'm in tears. It's heartbreaking and just makes me so angry.
"I feel cross with myself, too, that I could have been sucked in. I have two children who depend on me to be happy but this is all I've been able to think about recently."
Miss Stewart, who will marry fiancé Nick at Linkinhorne church on June 21, said she first became aware of a potential issue after spotting disgruntled brides complaining about ALBOB on the company's Facebook page.
She asked owner Sarah Cawthorne to cancel the order and was told a refund would take up to 14 days. Twelve days later Mrs Cawthorne reportedly wrote on the Facebook page that she was no longer trading, before informing Miss Stewart she could not give a date for the return of her cash.
Mrs Cawthorne has admitted failing to honour bookings but said she had refunded five brides, while some bookings would be honoured by Paradise Weddings, of Solihull.
She said: "I have had to retire due to ill health. I have depression and anxiety arising from business pressures and family matters.
"I had to close my Facebook page down after receiving death threats to myself and my children."
Dudley Metropolitan Council's trading standards division has confirmed it is investigating a number of complaints.