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Medway couples' World Cup wedding day clash

By Nicola Jordan

Two couple's are facing the ultimate dilemma after realising their weddings clashed with the World Cup final.

Claire Price and her fiance Nicholas Ardley have spent months preparing for their wedding on Sunday.

But another challenge was thrown into the mix when they realised there was a very real chance it could clash with another match made in heaven if England reached the World Cup Final.

Claire Price and Nicholas Ardley (2963610)
Claire Price and Nicholas Ardley (2963610)

With the increasing chance of us getting through, earlier this week they were desperately trying to hire a big screen so that their 90 guests could catch the action.

Claire, 44, and Nicholas, 47, have known each 11 years and between them have five children.

Claire was putting the final touches to her big day - and then The Three Lions started winning games.

She said: "We didn't expect England to get this far. Everyone, including my mum asked whether we knew it tied in with the World Cup. But the answer was 'no', but we do now."

Claire, who works in local government, said; "It's an added expense that we had not budgeted for. But it seemed to be what people wanted. Nicholas is a Tottenham fan and a big fan of Harry Kane and the other Spurs players."

They stumbled across another hurdle as The Knowle in Higham, where the ceremony is being held, does not have wi-fi.

The couple from St Mary's Island will say their vows at 1pm and, hopefully once speeches are over, they will be ready for the 4pm kick-off.

Claire said: "It will certainly add to the atmosphere and be a wedding for people to remember."

Their children Phoebe,19, Chloe,17, Michael,16, Kiera,14, and Zachary, six, will be in the official wedding party.

She said Nicholas, 47, a structural engineer, did not initially bring up the subject of the big screen.

She said: "I think he was too frightened to ask me."

But nothing is going to get in the way of Kelly Watson's big day when she marries her childhood sweetheart on Sunday.

Not even if England make it through to the World Cup for the first time in more than half a century.

When Kelly and Russell Cork from Strood started planning their nuptials a year ago they had no idea it clashed with the tournament.

Russell Cork and Kelly Watson wedn on Cup Final Sunday (2974543)
Russell Cork and Kelly Watson wedn on Cup Final Sunday (2974543)

But when football-mad Russell, a 47-year-old car salesman learned that England had qualified he dismissed it, saying, "they'll never get through".

Kelly, 44 a doctor's receptionist sent out invitations in February and has received 100 acceptances to the ceremony near Maidstone.

Kelly said : "People have not said they won't be coming because of the football but they have asked for contingency plans. And the answer is, there aren't any.

Even Russell, a Liverpool fan, agrees, saying : "This is about us and that takes priority. Etiquette should come first.

Kelly said : "It's not like we were planning a barbecue. I am torn because it is a very special day for football and brilliant to be part of it But this is our day and I won't be out buying England flags."

The couple tie the knot at The Orchard Suite in Bearsted at 2.30pm and will be sitting down for th meal at about 4pm, the same time as kick-off.

They have five children between them Kelly's sons, Archie,16 and Joseph,11 will be giving her away. Russell's daughter Charlotte, 14, is a bridesmaid.

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