Trip cancelled after tour firm fails

A YEAR in the planning, it was supposed to be the trip of a lifetime. But today, a party of scuba dive enthusiasts who should have been enjoying a holiday in Egypt told of their bitter disappointment after one of the UK's leading tour operators went bust.

A YEAR in the planning, it was supposed to be the trip of a lifetime.

But today, a party of scuba dive enthusiasts who should have been enjoying a holiday in Egypt told of their bitter disappointment after one of the UK's leading tour operators went bust.

Travel firm XL Leisure Group collapsed just three hours before the 11-strong group from Ipswich reached the check in desk at Gatwick Airport.

See today's Eveningstar for the full story.