Three children from Newtown were left in tears after their holiday was cancelled the day before they were due to fly, following the collapse of holiday firm Thomas Cook.

"There were tears first thing this morning. Lots of tears," said mum Chauntelle Stannard, who booked the family trip to Tunisia 19 months ago.

The family of five were expecting to fly out alongside Chauntelle's brother in law and his wife, whose last planned trip two years ago also didn't go ahead, following the collapse of Monarch Airlines.

Chauntelle said: "When we were booking we had no indication that this would happen. But when Thomas Cook was in the news last week, it was getting more and more serious."

"I woke up at 4am this morning, I'd not slept at all. When I opened my eyes, the first thing I saw was the news on my phone," she said.

To cheer up her three children, who were looking forward to the 10 day trip, Chauntelle took them to Build'a'Bear in Telford before they return to school tomorrow. "At the end of the day mummy and daddy still have jobs. We will get our money back at some point. And we can go on holiday again," she told the kids.

Despite the upset about the holiday that didn't happen, the family are glad they aren't amongst the tourists stranded abroad. "With three young children, it would have been my worst nightmare," said Chauntelle.