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