Anxious wait over for family wedding party after passport delay

SCHOOLGIRL Amber Pheasant's dreams of being a bridesmaid, at her auntie's wedding in Turkey, were almost scuppered by a delayed passport delivery.

However, the Home Office has now guaranteed that the 10-year-old's passport will arrive before she flies on July 28 after the Post stepped in to help.

Little Amber, who lives with her mum Kirsty, 37, dad Roland, 43, and big brother Kai, 13, in Nottingham Road, Burton Joyce, feared she would miss out on the special family holiday because of the national crisis in processing passport applications.

She said: "I was very worried that I wouldn't be able to go to Turkey.

"I had been very excited to be a bridesmaid and my auntie had made me my dress, it is Royal blue and I feel like a princess in it, it is great for twirling in.

"I'm really happy I get to go now."

Mrs Pheasant, who is an English teacher at a secondary school, had her daughter's passport application checked at the post office on June 12 - seven weeks before they were due to fly.

She said: "My dad isn't very well at the moment and can't fly, he moved to Turkey five years ago with my mum which is why my sister chose to have her wedding there.

"My husband said he would have stayed at home with her and I could have flown out with Kai, but how could I leave a sobbing child here?

"The alternative was that we all waited and hoped her passport would arrive in time – but booking all new flights would have been a financial nightmare.

"If the Post and Vernon Coaker's office hadn't been fighting this for me I have no doubt the passport wouldn't have arrived on time."

The Home Office's website says that an application should normally take around three weeks to process.

A Home Office spokesperson said: "Her Majesty's Passport Office is dealing with the highest demand for passports in 12 years and has issued over three and a half million passports so far in 2014. We are working to ensure that our customers receive their passports within our service standards."


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