A former serviceman from Ashington who recently returned home after a four-year nightmare in India has been enjoying his new-found freedom at one of the North East’s most luxurious resorts.
Six British seamen dubbed the Chennai Six, including Nick Dunn, were part of a crew on board anti-piracy ship MV Seaman Guard Ohio who were arrested in October 2013 by Indian authorities and then detained.
The charges were quashed in April 2014 when it was successfully argued that the weapons were lawfully held for anti-piracy purposes and the paperwork, issued by the UK Government, was in order.
Indian police appealed the decision and the crew was jailed by a judge in January 2016.
The judge for the crew’s appeal ruled on November 27 that all charges against the 35 men on board be dropped with immediate effect and the fines they were ordered to pay be refunded. Nick returned to the UK in time for Christmas.
To get 2018 off to a positive start, Ramside Hall Hotel, Golf and Spa in County Durham invited him – along with his sister Lisa, who campaigned tirelessly for his release – to enjoy an overnight stay in one of its new Premier rooms.
They enjoyed dinner in the hotel’s Fusion restaurant, along with full use of the spa facilities and a relaxing massage treatment. The visit was arranged in conjunction with Metro Radio.
Lisa said: “It’s been a bit of a whirlwind since Nick was released and this has been a very welcome break, giving us both a chance to have a little bit of down time.”
She added: “We’ve never been to Ramside before and what an incredible place – the rooms were stunning.
“We thought we’d be sharing a twin, but they gave us one each and we felt so spoilt.”
John Adamson, director of Ramside Estates, said: “It was such a long, painful process for Nick, Lisa and the whole family and the least we could do was offer them the chance to come and relax with us.
“They were absolutely exhausted following what has been a very hectic six weeks and needed somewhere to unwind.
“We invited them both along to give them a little bit of a treat and recharge their batteries, and hopefully they’ve managed to do just that. It has been a pleasure hosting them.”