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Thursday, 27 November 2014

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West Cumbrian hotel hit by vomiting bug ready to reopen

A hotel hit by a vicious vomiting bug is set to reopen to guests today.

Hunday Manor photo
Hunday Manor

More than 20 pupils and teachers attending Stainburn School and Science College’s Year 11 prom at Hunday Manor Hotel at Windscale were struck down with Norovirus two weeks ago.

There were further reported cases of visitors falling ill after visiting the site, and so the hotel took the decision to close while a thorough deep clean took place.

However, Joe Wilson, the hotel’s managing director, says it is due to reopen to residents today and then fully from Friday.

In a letter to guests he said that staff at the hotel had been “doing everything they can” to ensure they were given a clean bill of health at the weekend.

The letter continued: “As you can imagine I was not willing to reopen until we could be sure that it was safe for our guests and clients, but the clean-up seems to have gone well.”

Mr Wilson also reassured guests he and his staff have done everything possible to clear the outbreak.

The letter also accepted some people may still have concerns about the bug, and offered anyone who has booked an event at Hunday Manor and who are still worried to contact staff, who will seek alternative accommodation for them.

St Joseph’s Catholic High School in Workington had booked to hold its Year 11 leavers’ prom at the venue but had to relocate to the Greenhill Hotel at Wigton.

West Lakes Academy was also due to hold its prom there but was forced to move it to the Red Admiral Hotel in Gosforth.

The hotel was not the only west Cumbrian property to be hit by the sickness bug.

Last week the News & Star reported that norovirus was suspected to be behind a spate of illnesses at an elderly care home in Whitehaven.

A number of people living at Bethel House, in St Bees Road, fell ill and so bosses called in public health experts.

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