Couple say wedding plans are ruined by decision to move next year’s May Day bank holiday for VE Day

An engaged couple have complained that next year’s early May bank holiday, moved to accommodate Victory in Europe Day, will scupper their wedding plans. 

May Day is traditionally held on a Monday, but will be put back to Friday, 8 May in 2020.

This means minor disaster for some. Simon Aherne and Anna Cousins, from Cardiff, say that because of the move, they’ll be lucky to get 20 guests at their ceremony in Kingscote Barn in Gloucestershire. 

Simon Aherne and Anna Cousins, from Cardiff, say that because of the move, they'll be lucky to get 20 guests at their ceremony

Simon Aherne and Anna Cousins, from Cardiff, say that because of the move, they'll be lucky to get 20 guests at their ceremony

Simon Aherne and Anna Cousins, from Cardiff, say that because of the move, they’ll be lucky to get 20 guests at their ceremony

‘Most of our family are teachers or in the entertainment business – so the bank holiday worked out perfectly for us,’ Mr Aherne told the BBC. 

The teacher and part-time DJ, and PR professional Ms Cousins were due to get married the day before the traditional bank holiday Monday.

The UK Government said that its decision to make the change was made ‘as soon as practicable’ – but the couple are reeling despite having a history of military service in both their families. 

The teacher and part-time DJ, and PR professional Ms Cousins were due to get married the day before the traditional bank holiday Monday

The teacher and part-time DJ, and PR professional Ms Cousins were due to get married the day before the traditional bank holiday Monday

The teacher and part-time DJ, and PR professional Ms Cousins were due to get married the day before the traditional bank holiday Monday

‘We are just sitting here wondering what we are going to do,’ Mr Aherne said, having booked the venue, caterers, and sent out invites to friends and family as well as putting down non-refundable deposits. 

‘How can the government just chuck this on people with 11 months to go? They have had time to prepare and could have given people a lot more notice.’

Mr Aherne added: ‘We have invited more than 100 people, but it looks like we might barely get 20 now.

‘If we have to cancel, we are going to lose our deposits – we are talking thousands of pounds.’

VE Day was on 8 May 1945. It marked the formal acceptance by the Allies of World War II of Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender of its armed forces. 

 

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