Clydebank teenagers arriving at a plush prom were gutted when their event was cancelled and they were sent on a bus to a church hall.

Around 150 pupils from St Peter the Apostle High School in Clydebank arrived at Mar Hall Hotel, Golf & Spa Resort in Bishopton, on Thursday, expecting a night to remember.

But instead they were left devastated when they were told that the venue had an ongoing power cut and would have to cancel the event.

Suited and booted, the teens were driven back to Clydebank where they were given a disco in St Stephen’s Catholic Church instead.

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Mum Dianne O’Donohue, whose daughter Louise was left in tears over the prom cancellation, told the Daily Record: “I’m absolutely gutted for them. I dropped my daughter off at 5.30pm and she was all dressed up looking forward to celebrating her prom and having a nice meal and night with her friends.

“Instead the kids got off the bus and were told there was a power cut and the event would have to be cancelled.

“It’s disgraceful. Mar Hall knew about the power cut from 1pm but didn’t tell the kids till they arrived.

“My daughter was crying on the phone to me. There had been no meal or nothing.

“It’s such a big deal to them and they were really looking forward to a special night”.

Parents received a text from the school just after 8.30pm telling them that the event at Mar Hall was cancelled.

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Furious parents slammed the move after shelling out hundreds of pounds in preparation for the prom night.

Dianne said: “I paid £60 for my daughter Louise to have a nice evening and a meal. My daughter’s dress was £345, her shoes were £100, her jewellery was £250, she spent £70 at the hairdressers. Plus tan, nails and makeup.

“This was organised months in advance and they were looking forward to it. I didn’t pay nearly £1,000 for her to go to a church hall for a disco. They have been so let down. I’m furious.”

A West Dunbartonshire Council spokeswoman said: “St Peter the Apostle High School has confirmed Mar Hall has agreed to fully refund pupils for their prom which was moved to St Stephen’s Church Hall following a power cut at the hotel.  The hotel also confirmed it will reimburse the school for additional expenditure to cover travel and food at the church hall.”  

Meanwhile, A spokeswoman for Mar Hall Golf and Spa Resort said: "The power went off at 5.38pm in PA7 and PA8 postcodes including Mar Hall Hotel.

"Prom guests arrived at 6pm and we informed the headteacher immediately on arrival of the problem. At this point we had no update as to when the power may resume. The prom had pictures and drinks in the garden as scheduled and moved across to the marquee at 6.45pm. Unfortunately at this point there was still no power but, as the Marquee has plenty of natural light, it was decided we would serve the starter with the understanding from Scottish Power that the power may be back by 8pm.

"Scottish Power arrived on site at 7.30pm and, after discussion, they could not clarify the problem and could not guarantee the power would resume before 11pm. At this point our general manager had a discussion with the teachers and it was decided to cancel the rest of the prom due to health and safety concerns and a duty of care for our guests. It was also confirmed to the teachers that Mar Hall would be delighted to host the event in a complementary manner, at a suitable date.

"If a reschedule date is not achievable we would be happy to refund the cost. We are extremely sorry for what happened, but unfortunately the situation was beyond our control and there was nothing further we could do to resolve the situation at the time and ensure the safety of our guests."