Finally got a reponse from Easyjet and they are now trying to claim extraordinary circumstances and deny any compensation claims .
Apparently the flight was cancelled due to "thunderstorms " in the area , although there were no other delays to any other flights or any issues with any other airlines that evening . When I questioned this , I was told the thunderstorms may have been 24 hours previously !
I have contacted Newcastle airport and asked them if they can clarify what the weather conditions were at the time , if any other flights were cancelled or delayed and i`m awaiting a response .
Think they are extracting the urine and trying to get out of paying out , especially as we were handed a leaflet by the check in staff detailing what we could claim for under the circumstance !