Agony after Dis­ney­land fall

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A FAM­ILY trip to Dis­ney­land Paris ended in agony for a Col­wyn Bay man when he fell down­stairs.

George Cole spent three days in hos­pi­tal after he broke three ribs in the fall at the re­sort’s Sleep­ing Beauty Palace in Fe­bru­ary 2011.

He told a court he be­lieved the steps were wet and slip­pery and that the chain along­side the stair­case was in­ad­e­quate.

Mr Cole, of Sun­ning­dale Av­enue, Col­wyn Heights, is su­ing Euro Dis­ney, own­ers of the re­sort, and travel agents TUI Re­tail for neg­li­gence. Mr Cole told the hear­ing at Rhyl County Court that he was on the last day of a four-day hol­i­day with his wife, daugh­ter, and two grand­chil­dren when the ac­ci­dent oc­curred.

He was hold­ing his eight-year-old grand­daugh­ter’s hand as they went down the stone stair­case.

“I didn’t think it was wet as I went down un­til I landed on it,” he said.

“As I lay there I felt my clothes were damp and my hand was wet. I was walk­ing slowly, ap­pro­pri­ately for the weather and was wear­ing walk­ing boots also ap­pro­pri­ate for the weather.”

Mr Cole said he was in con­sid­er­able pain and almost passed out.

“If it had not been for my daugh­ter, who is a nurse, I would have been worse off,” he added.

Euro Dis­ney em­ployee Cyrille Pi­tard, who at­tended the scene, said the at­mos­phere that day was damp but de­nied that the stair­case was slip­pery.

Cle­ment Ca­voret who in­ves­ti­gated the in­ci­dent on be­half of the company said reg­u­lar in­spec­tions of the whole site were car­ried out in or­der for them to con­tinue in op­er­a­tion.

The case was ad­journed by Dis­trict Judge John Thomas for coun­sel for both par­ties to make their sub­mis­sions.

The Sleep­ing Beauty Palace in Dis­ney­land Paris

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