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19/01/2017

China city bans second-time wedding banquets

 

A city in south-western China is banning wedding banquets for people marrying for a second time, in an attempt to curb public extravagance.

The authorities in Kaili, Guizhou province, have issued rules saying that only funerals and first-time weddings can be celebrated with banquets. They have also banned multiple feasts, and the use of different locations for one marriage ceremony, the Guizhou Evening Post reports.

A couple dance at their wedding banquet

The bride and groom must now register their intention to hold a banquet with their local government office, to ensure neither have been married before. Council officials cannot sanction a wedding bash without first filing the details with the relevant department, and must also give an account of spending on funeral banquets within ten days, including itemised bills for wine.

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The ruling Communist Party launched a nationwide campaign against corruption, bureaucracy and ostentatious displays of wealth back in 2012, and the authorities in some regions have recently begun to rein in lavish marriage practices. As is usual in China, the rules are being rolled out on a trial basis to give the impression of public consultation, but are likely to be confirmed.

The latest ban has sparked a lively debate on China's popular Weibo micro-blogging site. Many people approve of the restrictions because of the wealth gap between prosperous cities like Kaili and rural areas of Guizhou, although some feel it should only apply to officials, who are most often seen as the beneficiaries of corruption. But some users find it "baffling" that people getting married a second time round can't mark it in style, and one complains that the council will "next rule on how many times a week a couple can make love".

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16/01/2017

British couple's dream wedding ruined after dozens of guests suffered horrendous diarrhoea and vomiting bug because someone POOED in the pool

 

A couple are among almost 100 Brits suing a Greek hotel after their dream wedding was ruined when they fell ill with severe stomach bugs - caused by people defecating in the swimming pool.

Danielle, 30, and Mark Woollaston, 38, have launched legal action against the Marelen Hotel in Kalamaki on Zante.

The pair travelled to the Greek island for two weeks to get married and stayed at the three-star resort with 50 friends and family members in August last year.

But their wedding celebrations were ruined because of a severe gastric illness outbreak at the hotel during their stay.

The bride, groom and the majority of their guests were then diagnosed with Cryptosporidium, a parasite that causes severe symptoms, on their return to the UK.

Danielle, 30, and Mark Woollaston, 38, have launched legal action against the Marelen Hotel in Greece after dozens of their wedding guests suffered severe gastric illness at the hotel during their stay. Pictured above, the Woollastons on their wedding day with friends

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Danielle and Mark, who live in Sutton Coldfield, have now instructed expert personal injury lawyers to investigate the outbreak at the Marelen Hotel.

Other guests who are also taking legal action told how the swimming pool was closed for several days due to faeces in the water.

Mark said on Sunday that the couple's dream £15,000 wedding was ruined by the illness.

The company director, who lives with Danielle and their two children Sophie, seven, and Cameron, five, added: 'We both felt unwell during the holiday.

'I was suffering from diarrhoea, vomiting and horrendous stomach cramps on the actual day of the wedding.

'It spoilt the day and it is so frustrating and disappointing.

'I didn't get to eat any of my wedding meal that we had paid for due to fearing I would have to go straight to the toilet.'

Mark and personal banker Danielle were both forced to take time off work after returning from the holiday as a result of the illness they suffered.

Many of their guests were also unable to go to a wedding reception they held back in Britain because of ongoing symptoms they were suffering.

Danielle said: 'It was a once-in-a-lifetime event ruined and we will never be able to get that back.

'We spent all that money and the best day of our lives has been ruined because people can't be bothered to clean the pool.

'The first week everyone was fine but the second week we all started dropping like flies. I would say the majority of the 50 guests were ill, including the children.

'I was in bed for three days before the wedding day and only made it by dosing myself up on medication.

'Two of the groomsmen who are normally the life of the party were really ill and had to go back to their rooms early.

'The most upsetting thing is that our wedding, a celebration with our families and friends, was spoilt not once but twice because of this outbreak.

'When we returned to the UK we knew many guests would be unable to attend the second wedding reception because we ourselves were still feeling unwell, so we knew others would still be suffering.

'I am not surprised we are not the only group of holidaymakers who have fallen ill at this hotel this year.

'All we want to know now is what caused our illness and ruined our wedding and why was more not done to protect the guests of the hotel.'

A total of 93 disgruntled holidaymakers have instructed expert international personal injury lawyers at Irwin Mitchell to investigate the outbreak of illness.

The group legal action also includes an another wedding party who travelled to the Marelen Hotel after their guests also suffered with Cryptosporidium.

People from that party noticed the the swimming pool was closed for several days due to faeces in the water.

Over a third of the 93 people affected are children with 33 youngsters suffering from illnesses including diarrhoea, abdominal pain and tiredness.

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