Plea as wedding pictures vanish
A couple's treasured wedding photographs have become a casualty of the collapse of Jessops.
Teck and Martyn Hancox, who live in Wolvey, near Hinckley, had handed the only negatives from their special day to the company just before it went into administration.
Mrs Hancox had gone to the Jessops store in Coventry to get a special range of images printed for the couple's 32nd wedding anniversary.
Shortly afterwards, the firm announced the closure of all its 187 shops, with the loss of 1,370 jobs.
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Mrs Hancox, 57, was stunned when she rang the shop manager to beg him to look for the negatives, only to be told: "I can't help you – I'm out of a job."
Teck and Martyn met through a mutual friend soon after Teck moved to the UK from Malaysia in 1974 to train as a nurse at the George Eliot Hospital, in Nuneaton.
Mrs Hancox said: "It will be our 32nd wedding anniversary in May and I just wanted to get the photos done so we could have a big party.
"These were the only negatives I have from the day and they're very important to me.
"All I want is the negatives back. I'm not bothered about the money, the photos, or anything else."
Mr Hancox, 53, said: "Teck took 12 of the best photograph negatives so we could have a series of pictures which we could put on our walls. I really hope we get them back."
Mrs Hancox said she had phoned the shop repeatedly, as well as the company's head office in Leicester, its suppliers and administrators Price Waterhouse Coopers – but to no avail.
She said: "I called the manager and said could you just look around the shop but he said, 'There's nothing here, I can't help you – at the end of the week I'm out of a job'."
No one at the Jessops head office was available to comment.
A Price Waterhouse Coopers spokesman acknowledged it was a "horrible situation".
He said any orders which had not been collected by last Tuesday would have been sent to a central store.
He said some photo product orders were being held by "third party providers" and said they were in ongoing discussions with them to resolve the situation, with a view to eventually returning customer orders.