Axed Thomas Cook staff open pop-up shop to help holidaymakers hit by collapse ...

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Axed Thomas Cook staff opened a pop-up branch in Stoke-on-Trent today to help holidaymakers after the collapse of the travel giant.

Members of staff from the travel agent's shuttered Longton branch offered free advice to customers on Monday afternoon at a nearby shopping centre.

Meanwhile in Glasgow, tearful former staff members gathered at union offices to consider their redundancy and in Manchester, workers petitioned the government for support at the Conservative Party conference.

The news comes after the 178-year-old travel agent went bust last week after it failed to produce the £200million required by creditors. 

Former Longton shop manager Donna Jones set-up the pop-up shop in Stoke-on-Trent today to offer free advice to customers

Former Longton shop manager Donna Jones set-up the pop-up shop in Stoke-on-Trent today to offer free advice to customers

Loyal customers at the shopping centre in Longton today, they set-up a collection to show their gratitude to the staff

Loyal customers at the shopping centre in Longton today, they set-up a collection to show their gratitude to the staff

A tearful former staff member at the UNITE union's offices in Glasgow on Monday

A tearful former staff member at the UNITE union's offices in Glasgow on Monday

The collapse sparked the UK's largest peacetime repatriation effort with around 150,000 Brits stranded abroad. 

In a post on Facebook, former Longton shop manager Donna Jones said: 'Myself and the team from Thomas Cook Longton store are absolutely devastated by the recent collapse of our company. We truly did not know that this was going to happen.

'I have arranged for myself and my Thomas Cook Longton staff to be available to all of our customers to offer any help and guidance or try to answer any questions you may have regarding the ATOL claims process and the next steps.

'Please remember we have lost our jobs and are not being paid BUT purely doing this out of our love for our customers. Yvonne at the Longton Exchange office has very kindly offered up her office for us to set up a meet and greet with you.

'Hopefully together we can help to make the situation a little easier and less daunting. So pop in and see us - we have missed you all.'  

Catherine Blurton, 64, has been a customer with Thomas Cook for 16 years and came down today to show her support.

She had just returned from a sunshine getaway when Thomas Cook and had been due to fly out for another break next week.

Ms Blurton said: 'I was shocked because I've been a customer for ages. They shouldn't have to do this because they're not getting paid. On top of that, they would have been paid their wages today, but they're not getting a penny.

Thomas Cook staff gathered in sorrow in Glasgow today to consider their redundancy at the UNITE offices

Thomas Cook staff gathered in sorrow in

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