Woman, 49, who tore her hamstring after slipping at a friend's wedding wins ...

Woman, 49, who tore her hamstring after slipping at a friend's wedding wins ...
Woman, 49, who tore her hamstring after slipping at a friend's wedding wins ...

A guest who was left writhing in agony when she slipped on the dance floor at a friend's wedding has won nearly £32,000 damages after suing the groom's family.

Gosia Anthony, 49, who lives in Plymouth, snapped her hamstring when she slid in spilled drink at her friends Ania and Chris Richardson's wedding reception in September 2016.

Ms Anthony had been dancing in the function room of the White Horse in Welwyn, Hertfordshire - which describes itself as a 'quintessential village pub' - when she slipped and was left in excruciating pain, Central London County Court heard.

She sued the pub operator Cellar Door Pubs Ltd, a company that was owned and run by members of groom Chris Richardson's family, and has been awarded nearly £32,000 in damages by a judge.

The judge also ordered Cellar Door Pubs Ltd to pick up Ms Anthony's lawyers' bills of about £50,000 for the trial.

Gosia Anthony (pictured), 49, who lives in Plymouth, snapped her hamstring when she slid in spilled drink at her friend Ania Richardson's wedding reception in September 2016

Gosia Anthony (pictured), 49, who lives in Plymouth, snapped her hamstring when she slid in spilled drink at her friend Ania Richardson's wedding reception in September 2016

According to Companies House records, Cellar Door Pubs Ltd's directors include managing director (L-R) Adam Richardson, his father John and brother Joseph - the father and brothers of the groom, Chris Richardson

According to Companies House records, Cellar Door Pubs Ltd's directors include managing director (L-R) Adam Richardson, his father John and brother Joseph - the father and brothers of the groom, Chris Richardson

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Judge Richard Roberts said the pub had created the hazard by providing a water dispenser without a drip tray and not clearing up the spillage.

At the time of the accident, the 'bride's husband's family owned or operated' The White Horse pub, the court heard.

According to Companies House records, Cellar Door Pubs Ltd's directors include managing director Adam Richardson, his father John and brother Joseph.

Ms Anthony said that she had been invited to Mr and Mrs Richardson's reception and was staying at the bride's home after the wedding.

The council worker claimed she only had a couple of glasses of wine and had changed into flat shoes when she went on the dance floor late in the evening.

She told the court: 'The room was dark and there were disco lights.

'I was dancing. I put my left foot down and I slipped. I didn't have a chance to rebalance my body or break my fall, I just went straight down.

'I was in a lot of pain. I realised something was wrong.

Ms Anthony had been dancing in the White Horse (pictured) in Welwyn, Hertfordshire, when she slipped and was left in excruciating pain, Central London County Court heard

Ms Anthony had been dancing in the White Horse (pictured) in Welwyn, Hertfordshire, when she slipped and was left in excruciating pain, Central London County Court heard

'It was almost like I heard elastic breaking, even though it was a loud room. I felt

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