Morecambe family’s fear after Russian plane crash

Le Royal Resort, Sharm el-Sheikh
Le Royal Resort, Sharm el-Sheikh

A Morecambe family holidaying in Sharm el-Sheikh say they feel “on edge” and have not left their hotel since the Russian plane crash which killed 224 people.

Lindsay Hughes, 30, her partner Jason, 28, and their 18-month-old daughter arrived in the Egyptian resort on October 29, and had a “brilliant” first couple of days at Le Royal Holiday Resort, before news about the plane crash reached them.

Lindsay said travel agent Thomas Cook put out a statement saying they had stopped all flights and their priority was to get everyone home.

She said: “This is when we really panicked and were very scared. It sounded very urgent, we assumed from it we would be sent home early.

“The following few days people who were due to go home had flights cancelled and people were becoming very upset. As we aren’t due to come home until later this week this didn’t affect us and we tried to enjoy ourselves as we had another week to go.”

But the hotel soon became very quiet and shut down half of the facilities.

Lindsay said: “Only one restaurant is open, they have shut the kids’ main water park and the main kids’ entertainment area. We understand why the hotel has had to do this but we feel like half of the facilities we paid for have been taken away.

“Today especially it has felt so sad and disheartening, we feel like we are the last ones left and just waiting to go home.

“We are still having a nice time and enjoying the sunshine but since the news of the Russian plane we have felt on edge, we haven’t left our hotel.

“We feel very sad for the families of those on the Russian plane, and we feel sad for the Egyptian people who work in Sharm who are going to suffer from the lack of tourism but we understand and appreciate why the goverment have taken the steps they have for our safety.”

Meanwhile, another Morecambe family, Emma Shepherd, 31, her partner Craig, 37 and their two children, Joseph, five, and Sophie, four months, are due to fly home today, November 10. Emma said she felt safe in their hotel in Nabaq Bay.