Daily uk news Bride who fell down flight of stairs on way to bridal suite on her wedding night sues 114-year-old stately home venue for £100,000 PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - Hellen Hetherington had to be rushed to hospital in June 2017 after crashing down stone steps following her wedding reception at 114-year-old Sennowe Park - a historic country pile in Norfolk.
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! A bride left blushing after falling down a flight of stairs on her wedding day is now suing the stately home she booked for her nuptials for £100,000.Hellen Hetherington had to be rushed to hospital in June 2017 after crashing down stone steps following her wedding reception at 114-year-old Sennowe Park - a historic country pile in Norfolk.The venue is described on its website as 'one of Norfolk's most romantic and impressive large Edwardian country houses set in sweeping parkland.' Hellen Hetherington had to be rushed to hospital in June 2017 after crashing down stone steps following her wedding reception at 114-year-old Sennowe Park - a historic country pile in Norfolk Mrs Hetherington, who says she suffered serious leg injuries in the accident, as well as having her wedding night ruined, is now suing, claiming she fell because steps outside were not litIt was built by Thomas Albert Cook, grandson of travel agency pioneer Thomas Cook, in 1907.Mrs Hetherington, who says she suffered serious leg injuries in the accident, as well as having her wedding night ruined, is now suing, claiming she fell because steps outside were not lit.But both Sennowe Park owner Charles Temple-Richards and events company Softley Events Ltd deny liability for the fall, with defence lawyers saying the fall was in fact a 'pure accident' which happened when her new husband fell and dragged her down with him. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Angela Rayner admits Starmer Keir 'cheeses her off... Welcome back! Your guide to enjoying shopping SAFELY as... Sponsored Share this article Share According to papers filed at the High Court, Mrs Hetherington had enjoyed her wedding in the grounds of the 114-year-old stately home in June 2017.The couple had booked a vintage car to take them to the venue and were entertained by a string quartet and her husband Bruce Knowles himself sang songs from Les Miserables.After the reception in a marquee on the house's lower lawn, the newlyweds returned to the bridal suite in the house before midnight.But they were on their way back to the marquee when Mrs Hetherington suffered her nasty fall on a set of stone steps connecting terraces. 'She waited for her husband before continuing to walk towards the marquee at the same time as her husband,' says her lawyer, Wanda Szczygiel, in claim papers.'First the claimant's husband, then the claimant fell almost at the same time. The claimant fell to the left. The claimant's husband fell to the right.'The steps were inadequately lit and could not be seen, causing the claimant to fall as she could not make out the beginning of the stairs.' Ms Hetherington, pictured with her husband Bruce Knowles, claims she was injured when they returned to the bridal suite In her claim, she blames both Sennowe Park and Softley Events, through which she had booked, for what happened, complaining that the steps were not properly lit.Mrs Hetherington, who works as head of procurement at a farmers' buying group, suffered a leg injury in the accident and due to its 'seriousness' an ambulance had to be called, court papers reveal.
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.The fall also robbed her of her night in the bridal suite at the Grade-II listed house, which features Italianate terraces with a view over its own lake.But both Mr Temple-Richards, trading as Sennowe Park, and the events company deny being to blame.In its defence to the action, Softley Events' barrister Jamie Clarke says an account from shortly after the fall by Mrs Hetherington's husband showed it was an accident.'The claimant's husband explained in a calm manner that he had been holding the claimant's hand whilst they were walking down the steps when he suddenly lost his footing and fell forward, adding that it was fortunate that he was very fit and in good shape as he had been able to roll and avoid a serious injury,' he says.'However, when he missed his footing, the claimant's husband pulled the claimant down with him and she fell to the bottom of the steps. Sennowe House, pictured, was built by Thomas Albert Cook, grandson of travel agency pioneer Thomas Cook, in 1907'Neither the claimant's husband nor anybody else at the time made any reference to or criticism of illumination of the steps or of any other aspect of the condition of the steps as being a factor or factors in the alleged events.'The claimant's husband's account at the time describes a pure accident that was not attributable to any external factor.'Lighting in the grounds had not been either the owner or Softley Events' responsibility, the barrister adds, since it was Mrs Hetherington who had booked the marquee and lighting.The fall had also occurred at a time when the newlyweds should not have been outside in the grounds of the house, since the event was to be finished by midnight.'It is Softley Events' case that by the time of her alleged fall - the circumstances of which are not admitted - the claimant was outside of the house and in the grounds of the property at or after midnight, when she should not have been,' he says.For Mr Temple-Richards, who along with his wife Virginia rents out their home as a wedding venue, barrister Thomas Banks said the steps were over 100 years old and were a 'period feature' of the house.Mrs Hetherington must have known they were there as she had walked up them to get to the bridal suite after the reception, he says.'The claimant was aware of the steps, having been up and down them several times, and they were clearly visible as the claimant approached them,' he adds.'It is specifically denied that the steps were unlit. Suitable lighting was in place.'And even if they had been poorly lit, Mrs Hetherington and her husband were at fault in not using their phones to light their way, he added.'If - contrary to Sennowe Park's case - the steps are found not to have been adequately lit, she stepped into a darkened area without having first checked that it was safe to do so,' he says.'She failed to look where she was going. She failed in all the circumstances to take any, or any adequate, care for her own safety.'There is also a dispute between Sennowe Park and Softley Events, with the events company claiming to have been an 'agent' of Sennowe and with no contract of its own with Mrs Hetherington.However, Sennowe Park denies this, saying that a contract for 'event management services' was agreed between Softley and Mrs Hetherington in Softley's capacity as a 'professional events manager.'The case reached court earlier this month ahead of a full trial of Mrs Hetherington's claim at a later date.
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