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Hotelier vows to fix hotel in time for couple's wedding

15 December 2008

The owner of a mid-Wales country hotel badly damaged in a fire has said he will reopen it for a wedding booked for New Year's Eve.

The blaze ripped through the roof of the 10-bed Elan Valley hotel near Rhayader, forcing the hotel's closure in the run up to the holiday season.

However hotel owner Richard Hydes has said he is keen not to disappoint the couple who had booked their wedding for New Year's Eve.

"The fire caused substantial damage to the building, especially the accommodation wing. The other half of the hotel is largely intact, although there is bit of water and smoke damage.

"But we will endeavour to reopen part of the hotel for the wedding and reception on New Year's Eve, although the guests will have to find accommodation elsewhere."

The blaze is thought to have started when repairs were being carried out on the roof.

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By Andrew Smith

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