Sheffield hotel steps in to save couple’s big day

Wedding reception problem, Shirley Gill
Wedding reception problem, Shirley Gill
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A Sheffield hotel has come to the rescue of a couple whose party to celebrate renewing their wedding vows had been thrown into doubt.

Shirley Gill, of Manor, was due to renew her wedding vows to her husband, John, surrounded by their family on Saturday.

Following the ceremony at St Aiden’s Church, Manor, the wedding party was due to celebrate at Rondevu, on Furnival Gate in the city centre.

But an unforeseen legal issue caused the venue to close temporarily – resulting in Shirley losing the £650 she had paid for the booking.

A new tenant at Rondevu – who had not received any payment for the occasion – was happy to honour the booking but could not guarantee the venue would be open in time.

Now Jury’s Inn, on Arundel Gate, has stepped in to offer the couple a venue for free – while the new Rondevu tenant is paying for a DJ.

Grandmother Shirley, aged 51, said: “I just can’t believe what has happened.

“The new tenant told me he could still honour the booking and said he hoped to be back in this week, but two weeks before the wedding I couldn’t risk it.

“He has been fantastic and is helping with a DJ.

“Last week my friend and wedding planner went to the Jury’s Inn where we are staying on the night and explained the situation. They said they would love to help and gave us a room for free. I am really grateful for what they have done.”

Shirley and John, 57, married in a small celebration 18 years ago. After briefly separating, they reunited and decided to celebrate by renewing their vows.

“We just wanted a special day with our family. We’ve got grandchildren now and wanted something with everyone there,” said Shirley.

“I’m not in very good health as it is and I just thought I can’t deal with this any more, then Jury’s Inn stepped in.

“We’ve still got to find the money to pay for the food.

“My family have been brilliant helping out with bits and bobs.”

Helen Johnson, sales manager at Jury’s Inn Sheffield, said: “We were made aware of Shirley’s situation last week and wanted to do something to help her.

“It was so unfortunate what had happened and we could tell that the day meant the world to Shirley.

“The party will have exclusive use of our restaurant for free and will have a meal when they arrive. We’ve tried to keep the cost of the food as low as we can too.”