Couple 'heartbroken' as venue cancels wedding reception with nine days' notice so it can host rugby match

A COUPLE have been left heartbroken after their wedding venue cancelled their reception with just nine days' notice – so it could host a rugby match instead.

David Crooks and Kerry Armstrong, who live in Hull, were informed their big day wouldn't take place in a "blunt" email.

And the pair, who have been together for 11 years, say the move has left them in "complete shock".

They'd planned their reception at Hull College Craven Park, the home of Hull Kingston Rovers, on Saturday, September 11 after a five-year engagement.

But yesterday morning, the pair awoke to find the event has been unceremoniously cancelled.

An email from the club reads: "As of last night, we were informed by Sky that we now have to move our game that was on September 12 to September 11, which is the day of your reception.

"This means unfortunately that we cannot hold your reception here at the club.

"We do apologise and this is not a decision we have made lightly, but
unfortunately it is out of our hands."

The change has been made as the team will play against Castleford Tigers in a game broadcast live on Sky Sports.

But David said: "The thing is, they just don't seem to care really.

"I don't complain a lot but this is heartbreaking.

"They keep blaming the fact that thet have new people taking over.

"It got to the point where we didn't even know who was running our wedding reception.

"They didn't even have the decency to call us either.

"It's our wedding day. There's no excuse for it. We put our heart and soul into the whole day."


He said the couple have been left deeply upset – and he struggles to console his wife-to-be as he's working so much overtime to cover the cost of their big day.

"We're not rich. We had to work hard for this," he said.

He and Kerry are now begging other venues to get in touch if they can host the celebration.

"I'm hoping we can reach out to venues to help us," he said.

"Kerry means everything to me. We'll get married on that day no matter what."

Hull Kingston Rovers declined to comment when contacted.

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