Yorkshire woman’s 2012 London Olympics cost shock

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An Olympics fan has been told she has to pay twice to watch her heroes in London.

Kathleen Field has been told she will have to pay for TWO people if she wants a London 2012 package – even though she’s going alone.

Mrs Field, 64, slammed the arrangement after hearing she couldn’t be offered a one-person place by Thomas Cook – instead being told she would have to pay £7,798 to get her package.

Mrs Field, of Dewsbury, went into her local branch the day 2012 offers went on sale but staff couldn’t find any places for the £3,899 package she had set her heart on.

It includes three nights in a central London hotel, meals, tickets to four events and transport between venues.

She said: “In its brochure Thomas Cook says it’s making the Games accessible for all people but single travellers are being discriminated against.

“I don’t have a problem paying a supplement but I do have a problem paying twice the amount. I don’t have enough money to throw £4,000 away.”

Thomas Cook is the only tour operator able to package and sell tickets for the Games. Mrs Field said staff discovered when searching for her that there were no one-person places available.

“The staff tried to help but their hands are tied,” she said. “Even when they looked at lesser tours I would still be paying for two people. I’d also have another ticket for all the events that I wouldn’t be using and they’re non-transferable.”

Thomas Cook did not wish to comment on the matter.

Tony Burdin, chief executive of Sheffield Mutual Friendly Society

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