Welwyn Garden City family ‘utterly drained, exhausted and emotional’ after nightmare holiday

PUBLISHED: 11:21 14 September 2017 | UPDATED: 11:21 14 September 2017

Emilia Totton, Helen Crosse and Mike Totton.

Emilia Totton, Helen Crosse and Mike Totton.

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A relieved Welwyn Garden City family have finally arrived home safely after having been stranded in the Turks and Caicos as Hurricane Irma battered the islands.

Theatrical director and producer Helen Crosse, her two-year-old daughter and husband Mike Totton, who is playing the pantomime dame at this year’s panto at the Hawthorne Theatre, landed in Gatwick Airport yesterday and are now back home in Welwyn garden City.

The family got to enjoy their holiday in Turks and Caicos for nearly two weeks before Hurricane Irma hit the islands, leaving a trail of destruction across the Caribbean.

The storm also caused a flood in the airport.

The family were stranded for eight days after the hurricane began its assault on the islands on September 5.

Helen told the Welwyn Hatfield Times that she was “utterly drained, exhausted and emotional” after the ordeal.

She said: “I’ve never been so relieved or grateful to be back on British soil.”

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