Frock horror for 183 brides

THE owners of a bridal shop that shut unexpectedly, leaving almost 200 brides-to-be in tears, last night said they were confident close to 100 customers would have their gowns within 24 hours.

By last night, 56 dresses had been delivered by courier and the company’s solicitor, Eugene Carey, said he expected another 30 dresses to be delivered today.

Other customers may have to wait until a liquidator is appointed to The Wedding Dress Ltd before learning the fate of their wedding gowns.

The company announced yesterday that it had ceased trading on March 21 due to “financial difficulties”.

“Arrangements are being made to ensure that all persons who have paid in full on their wedding dresses will receive them,” said a statement from the company.

Mr Carey last night confirmed a meeting to appoint a liquidator on April 7 in the Imperial Hotel.

Gardaí in Anglesea St, meanwhile, confirmed that a number of dresses removed by a couple of angry customers in a raid on a warehouse used by The Wedding Dress Ltd had been returned.

It is understood 17 gowns in total were taken.

“A woman handed in some of the dresses,” said a garda spokesperson.

A number of customers claimed deposits were being taken at the shop as late as last Wednesday, but this was denied by Mr Carey.

One woman, Joanne Corcoran, from Midleton, is due to get married this Saturday. Yesterday she said: “I don’t know what I’m going to do.”

As many as 183 customers’ orders were outstanding when news of the shop’s closure broke. Mr Carey said the owners will be contacting all customers in the coming days.

The directors of The Wedding Dress Ltd, according to the Companies Registration Office, are 37-year-old Judith Linehan, with a company address at 5 Millbrook Close, Sallybrook, Glanmire, Cork. She is also listed as company secretary. The second director is named as Angela Teresa Osborne, 30, with an address at Brookwood, Sunberry Cross, Killowen Road, Blarney. The Wedding Dress Ltd was incorporated on July 27, 1994, and last accounts were filed on February 28, 2005. Creditors amounts due within one year were listed at €449,872. Net liabilities were listed at €13,317.

Labour Party TD Kathleen Lynch has called for an urgent meeting between the owners of The Wedding Dress and customers to explain the reasons for its liquidation.

“Customers are currently in a state of panic, not knowing if they will be able to wear their dream dresses at their upcoming wedding.

“We all know that despite a wedding day often being the happiest in a woman’s life, the build-up and preparation to the ceremony is extremely traumatic. I can only imagine the stress these brides are currently experiencing.”

More in this section