Devastated brides-to-be whose dream weddings were ruined by PM’s U-turn on relaxing lockdown restrictions say they are ‘mentally exhausted’ and ‘can no longer look forward to what should be the happiest day of their lives’

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Brides-to-be whose wedding plans have been thrown into disarray following Boris Johnson’s U-turn on relaxing restrictions say they are ‘mentally exhausted’ and feel ‘forgotten’ by the UK government.

Eleanor Bennett, 27, of Sunderland, said she and her partner Paul, 34, have suffered ‘months of waiting and uncertainty’ surrounding their nuptials and feel like they ‘can’t look forward to what should be the happiest day of their lives’ for fear it’ll be sabotaged at the last minute.

Another tearful bride-to-be admitted she was left ‘floored’ and ‘absolutely devastated’ by the announcement yesterday and is now ‘struggling to see a way forward’.

Couples getting married from today (August 1) were due to benefit from easing of restrictions that would allow receptions for up to 30 guests indoors with sit-down meals, as long as the venue was Covid-secure. But these plans have been put on hold for at least two weeks.

Eleanor told FEMAIL: ‘We’ve five weeks to go until our wedding, and we have no idea whether the restrictions will be relaxed by then so that we can have a meal with our closest family and friends or if we will only be able to have our ceremony,’ she said.

‘Mentally we are both exhausted. It has been months of waiting and uncertainty and when we finally could get back to planning and look forward to our wedding the rules changed again.

WHAT SHOULD COUPLES DO NOW?

Liz Taylor, CEO of professional wedding planners the Taylor Lynn Corporation is favoured by celebrities and planned Gary Neville’s wedding, as well as events for Gary Barlow, Michelle Keegan and Mark Wright.

Speaking to FEMAIL she urged couples to put off celebrations until next year.

‘My advice to anyone planning something now would be to hold fire. The government is so erratic and unpredictable, I accept they don’t know what’s going on, but what they’re doing is ruining the events industry.

‘There are no magic options or magic wand but I don’t think we’re going to see a live event of any substance until June or July 2021, and the industry is we’re going to have to keep going for a whole year with no support.

‘One wedding we were working on that’s been cancelled was a large Indian wedding.

‘The family had booked flights from all over the world, people really underestimate the fallout and the implications from this, it’s not just cancelling a wedding.

‘A lot were cancelled and now even more with the new legalisation.

‘It’s not just the couples, it’s beyond distressing, the implications in my world, deposits, suppliers, and securing them again for another date, everyone is on the same bandwagon logistically trying to rearrange is a nightmare.

‘ The events business has lost an absolute fortune, while we’ve got staff on furlough it’s only until October, this legalisation is going to destroy the industry

‘It is very very serious, it’s life changing, I’ve survived two recessions, with the right relationships and support we’ve got and if you run business properly and you’re not in debt you can survive this.

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AWARDS NIGHT Coronation Street’s Katie McGlynn drapes herself on a piano in sexy shoot to celebrate being nominated for a BAFTA

 

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CORRIE’S Katie McGlynn looks sensational as she drapes herself over a piano in a sexy shoot to celebrate being nominated for a BAFTA.

Showing off her curves, the award-winning actress is thrilled to be up for the Virgin Media Must-See Moment 2020 for her portrayal of cancer-stricken Sinead Tinker.

The harrowing cervical cancer storyline that eventually led to her exit from the show has made her a household name and also seen her win the National Television Award for Best Serial Drama Performance.

And despite there being no red carpet event to attend this year, it hasn’t stopped Katie and the other nominees from getting all dressed up.

The actress, 27, looked stunning in a white lace and silk designer gown as she posed for a glamorous online shoot by legendary photographer Rankin, 53, ahead of tonight’s virtual TV BAFTAs ceremony.

Katie pulled out all the stops as she lounged on her sofa, stairs and even her piano during the photo shoot.

In another snap, she playfully matched her floor-length gown with gardening gloves while sitting on a ride-on mower.

Tonight, the BAFTAs awards show is being held in a BBC studio in accordance with government guidelines.

The ceremony will be socially distanced, with nominees accepting their prizes virtually.

Speaking on Liz Taylor’s “Events That Made Me” podcast, the award-winning ex-Corrie star explained how the coronavirus pandemic has made her focus on her acting career, rather than taking the ‘easier’ path of reality TV.

She said: “Me personally, what I want to do is dramas.

“I’d love to do stage stuff as well, because I’ve not had as much experience in doing that. I want to learn, and I just want to be challenged really. I’d love to do a bit of comedy stuff.

“I do want to focus on the acting side because I think from everything that happened last year and everything that’s going on, you could quite easily go on to do reality stuff, which I’m not knocking and I have had weird and wonderful offers for that as well.

“But unless it was something that I was really passionate about and that I wanted to do, I’d solely want to focus on acting because that’s what I’m comfortable with really.”

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Best Laid Plans

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TLC’s Liz Taylor was due to celebrate her company’s 25th year as a high-flying events production company…and then a global pandemic hit.

What a year! How have you been, Liz?
Well, that’s a very loaded question! We were all set to celebrate the company’s 25th anniversary, with a year of activities planned, when TLC’s greatest challenge came knocking on the door. I am an optimist by nature, and pragmatic too. So, for me, I have tried to take all the positives that I can from the impact of COVID-19, create opportunity from the madness and ensure the long-term survival of my company. It’s been hard work, with some tough moments, but we are now in a good place thankfully.

Events suddenly cancelling can be devastating…
Overnight, a full order book was reduced to zero. A huge business dilemma, but also an emotional one. I have a small but incredible team, and I was resolute in securing their jobs. Of course, I was worried for the future, but we stuck to the job at hand and worked closely with venue contacts and clients to rebook events, without clients incurring cancellation fees or losing deposits. Once the furlough scheme came into operation for my team, I was left to keep the home fires burning.

Then, the challenge of keeping the business alive. It was at this point that I realised how valuable the relationships I had secured over the years were. Suppliers, colleagues, venues, everyone vulnerable and looking for positive forecasts. So, I did what I always do. I created a strategy, doubled our efforts on social media and marketing initiatives and reinforced my brand. I took to Zoom like a duck to water and never looked back. The results have been seen in securing business for 2021, amazing feedback from clients and new opportunities to support the wider events and hospitality industries.

Working from home has become your new normal. Will this be the case for event profs generally?
It is entirely possible to work for home much of the time, but the willingness to do that is more about event teams than managers – or should be. For some, home working is a logistical, family and emotional nightmare. They miss team interaction and the separation of home and work life. There is a tendency to also over-work, and the mental health of your team is vital; especially now. On the flipside, some prefer it. No time spent commuting. Less traffic pollution. Lower travel costs. More flexibility. And some find it easier to focus without office distractions.

I think for employers there are genuine benefits. Small offices needed, so lower overheads, is the key fiscal one of course. And if it makes for a more productive workforce, as research indicates, it could be a winning formula. For me, it might be a blend of home and office working to suit the employee and business needs.

A time of reflection can be valuable…
I took time to look long and hard at the business and work out our value and where our USPs lay. We have focused all our energies and marketing on this. Some companies have opted to pivot, and reinvent as a virtual event company, but for me…. we are what we are. TLC is about delivering a unique live event experience, and no amount of tech and screens can replace that. So, we put our energies behind supporting industry campaigns to relaunch the live events sector. We structured the business so that we can be ready to hit the ground running once live events are back on.

Personally, what has Liz’s Lockdown Life involved?
Busy! From doing Zoom yoga to redesigning my website, and so much more. The lockdown gave me the time to really invest in TLC’s sister business, Liz Taylor Consultancy. We support hospitality businesses with brand development programmes, creative ideas and strategies to maximise revenue. It’s been phenomenal. We secured four clients in as many weeks, and the phone has been red hot. In addition, my two lockdown labours of love have been recording my new weekly podcast, Events that Made Me, and completing my book. A tick in both ‘bucket list’ boxes!

Have you been back to any venues yet?
I have been on reccies myself for events next year, and as long as we all abide by the safety rules, they go well. Venues and planners can work hand-in-hand to enable smaller events to take place in the short term, but larger occasions I suspect are a bit further away. Outdoor events are entirely possible, and I am working on one at the moment.

Realistically though, I think that much of the industry will not recover until Q1 or Q2 of 2021. The greater issue will be the psychology of the nation and providing enough reassurances, that people will be content to attend a large corporate gathering. A variety of ‘safe meet/ stay’ schemes have emerged, which help. But corporate responsibility for their employees is a big factor. Who is willing to stage a major conference without a vaccine in place? We are just not quite there yet.

Looking further into the future, another 25 years possibly?
Never say never. I have the structure in place to ensure TLC can ride out the worst effects of coronavirus, and still be leading the way next year. Our order book is filling with a series of exciting private events in spring/ summer and corporate events in the latter part of next year. As for another 25 years…I have plans!

For those who were banking on a career in events, is it still a growth industry?
I was recently invited to discuss exactly this subject, in a virtual tutorial with students. The answer is – we don’t have an answer yet. I am passionate that students who have committed three years of studying shouldn’t be left on the shelf. The event industry needs young talent to be nurtured and given opportunity.

We have clicked the pause button, but the event sector will bounce back. For now, graduates should take jobs in retail, hospitality or voluntary work…wherever they can. Use those roles to develop communication skills, teamwork, problem solving, time management. All skills that can later be transferred into the event industry. Don’t lose hope. Your time will come.

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Eamonn Holmes reveals he’s suffering with agonising nightmares

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The presenter is not the only one having sleep issues

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Eamonn Holmes has revealed the struggle is real amid the ongoing lockdown restrictions, which has seen him suffer with restless nights. Taking to his Twitter page in the early hours of Wednesday morning, the This Morning host confessed “demons” have been coming to him during his sleep.

“Beware of sleep… that’s where the demons lurk,” he tweeted. “A few visited me last night. Anyone else have too many nightmares?” Several fans of the star rushed to reveal that they could relate to him. Homes Under the Hammer presenter Lucy Alexander also replied, saying: “Yes. Awake at 5am. Don’t like it. Xx.”

However, one follower made a joke about his wife Ruth Langsford, writing: “Ask Ruth, Eamonn, her last vision is you at night, she mustn’t sleep at all.” To which, Eamonn replied: “Ha ha… always in the land of nod. She sleeps so well.”

Another fan admitted that she was having “really strange dreams” ahead of her dad’s funeral – and Eamonn revealed how much he sympathised. “Not surprising Michelle,” he said. “30 years on I remember waking up on the same day with the same feelings. Sorry for your loss.”

READ: Eamonn Holmes reveals Ruth Langsford is ‘not a victim’ during their interviews

The candid confession comes shortly after Eamonn opened up about the pressures he is faced with in order to keep his career in television successful – despite working in TV for 40 years. Speaking on the Events That Made Me podcast, the 60-year-old explained how he must “stay relevant” to avoid losing his job.

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Catherine Tyldesley reveals her grandfather has died from coronavirus

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Several of her family members have been struck down by the devastating disease

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Former Coronation Street actress Catherine Tyldesley has shared that her grandfather has passed away from coronavirus.

The 2019 Strictly star, 36, shared the tragic news on Good Morning Britain.

Her mother also spent almost a week in intensive car suffering from COVID-19.

She told the GMB panel: “I think there are so many people going through really difficult times at the moment.

“For the first few weeks, lockdown was a bit of a joy for me, to be with my boys and spend time at home, and then my mum became poorly, and spent a week in ICU, and then my grandfather passed away.

“My grandfather passed away”

“But I wanted to share with people I have a had a couple of really dark days. And I wanted to reach out to people and say look, we are all in this together, the response has been overwhelming.”

She went on to explain that she has appeared on Liz Taylor’s podcast, Events That Made Me, to show others that it is OK to be struggling during these unprecedented times.

Catherine continued: “I think it’s important to reach out to people and say it’s not just about baking banana bread, there are people who are going through this every single day.

“It’s part of the reason why I agreed to do Liz Taylor’s podcast, she’s really good at finding silver linings in things, and we need that more than ever.”

Despite this incredibly challenging period for the actress, her sense of humour is still very much in tact.

 

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NOT FOR ME Ex Coronation Street star Sally Lindsay turns down I’m A Celeb ‘every year’ despite bosses begging her to appear

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EX Coronation Street star Sally Lindsay turns down the opportunity to appear on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! despite being asked every year.

The Mount Pleasant star also admitted in a candid chat on the Events That Made Me podcast, that she hasn’t watched an episode of Corrie since she left the show way back in 2006.

When asked by Liz if she has ever been invited to feature on the hit show, I’m a Celeb, Sally replied: “Oh yes, most years, but, oh God no! If one of the kids needed life-saving surgery, then maybe I would go.

“Not that I don’t think it’s brilliant. I love watching it! But I can’t even eat prawns because they look like insects.”

If Sally were to make an appearance on I’m A Celeb, the stomach-churning eating trials would be her downfall, adding: “I could do all the other things, but it’s the eating I couldn’t do, They’d all be starving.”

Sally, 46, played Shelley Unwin in the long-running ITV soap from 2001-2006, whose most famous storylines included a bigamous marriage to Peter Barlow (Chris Gascoyne) and an abusive and controlling relationship with Charlie Stubbs.

Since then, she has gone on to appear in several shows, such as ITV drama series Scott and Bailey from 2011-2016.

During that time, Sally featured in Sky 1 comedy drama Mount Pleasant as Lisa Johnson for six years from 2011-2017.

The actress was very busy throughout this period as from 2011-2014, she was a panellist on popular daytime talk show Loose Women.

Since 2013, she has starred in BBC sitcom Still Open All Hours, with the most recent series six ending in December 2019.

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Sally Lindsay rejects I’m A Celebrity offers ‘most years’

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© Bang Showbiz Sally LindsaySally Lindsay has turned down offers from ‘I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here’ “most years”.

The 46-year-old actress has been approached several times by ITV bosses to camp out in the Australian jungle, but she continues to say no as she refuses to take part in one particular Bushtucker Trial.

Speaking on the ‘Events That Made Me‘ podcast, she admitted: “If one of the kids needed life-saving surgery, then maybe I would go. Not that I don’t think it’s brilliant. I love watching it!

“But I can’t even eat prawns because they look like insects. I could do all the other things, but it’s the eating I couldn’t do. They’d all be starving.”

In May, ‘I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!’ bosses reportedly held crisis talks to determine whether the show would be on amid the coronavirus pandemic.

ITV bosses were said to be exploring the possibility of employing a mainly Australian workforce if the series does get the green light.

A source said: “‘I’m A Celebrity’ is six months away but bosses are holding meetings about how they can ensure it still goes ahead in the current climate.

“A raft of measures are being looked at.

“One of the most recent plans was to employ a crew that is 95 per cent made up of Australian workers to overcome the issues surrounding flying to different countries and the quarantine restrictions.”

There have already been rumours of who could be entering the jungle later this year.

Former ‘The One Show’ presenter Matt Baker, ex-‘Strictly Come Dancing’ star AJ Pritchard, and Good Morning Britain’s Susanna Reid have all been named as potential campmates.

What’s more, ex-‘Coronation Street’ star Lucy Fallon – who played Bethany Platt – and Beverley Callard (Liz McDonald), have been rumoured to be taking part.

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Former Coronation Street star Sally Lindsay explains why she turns down I’m a Celebrity “most years”

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Don’t expect to see Shelley Unwin in the camp anytime soon.

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Former Coronation Street star Sally Lindsay has admitted that it’s very unlikely we’ll ever see her joining the campmates on I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!, even thought she’s asked to take part most years.

The actress, who recently starred in Channel 5’s gripping drama series Cold Call, is perhaps best known for her role as Shelley Unwin on the ITV soap, but Sally recently shared that fans shouldn’t expect to see her in the Australian jungle anytime soon.

While chatting to Liz Taylor in an upcoming episode of the Events That Made Me podcast, Sally admitted she’s asked to take part on the ITV reality series “most years”.

“But, oh God no!” she continued (via The Mirror), shutting down any possibility of Sally following in the footsteps of fellow Corrie stars Jennie McAlpine and Andy Whyment.

“If one of the kids needed life-saving surgery, then maybe I would go. Not that I don’t think it’s brilliant. I love watching it! But I can’t even eat prawns because they look like insects.

“I could do all the other things, but it’s the eating I couldn’t do. They’d all be starving.”

Although this year’s series of I’m a Celeb is currently up in the air thanks to a certain global pandemic, there have already been rumours about a reported line-up, with The One Show‘s Matt Baker, former Strictly Come Dancing star AJ Pritchard and Good Morning Britain‘s Susanna Reid all being named as potential campmates.

 

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Sally Lindsay rejects I’m A Celebrity offer ‘most years’ over gruesome phobia

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The former Coronation Street actress has no intention of joining the hit ITV show – and for a valid reason
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Sally Lindsay has ruled herself out of ever featuring on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!.

The former Coronation Street actress, 46, has no intentions of joining the hit ITV show due to the gruesome eating challenges.

In a candid chat with Liz Taylor on the Events That Made Me podcast, the Mount Pleasant star admitted that she has been forced to decline offers to head into the jungle almost every year.

When quizzed by host Liz if she has ever been invited to feature on iconic show, Sally admitted she’s turned down invites countless times.

Sally admitted: “Oh yes I have, most years, but, oh God no.”

The former Corrie star would not dream of going on the show Down Under unless her family desperately needed the money.

She explained: “If one of the kids needed life-saving surgery, then maybe I would go. Not that I don’t think it’s brilliant. I love watching it!”

The thought of taking part in the gruelling Bush Trucker trials is enough to make the actress sick to her stomach.

“I can’t even eat prawns because they look like insects. I could do all the other things, but it’s the eating I couldn’t do, They’d all be starving,” she laughed.

Therefore, she won’t be accepting any hers to join I’m A Celeb any time soon.

Rumours about this year’s line-up for the hit show are already rife, with Manchester United legend Eric Cantona and ex-Corrie star Lucy Fallon thought to be among the contenders.

Tiger King star Carole Baskin is also another huge name being lined up to appear in the next series, according to reports.

The 59-year-old Big Cat Rescue charity worker is being offered “big money” to parachute into the I’m A Celeb jungle in Australia.

Show bosses are hoping to tempt the Netflix documentary star to be part of the line-up when the show returns to screens with its 20th season.

A show source told The Sun: “Jungle producers have made a formal approach and hope she will do it.”

The newspaper also claims the animal-loving star has been offered “a big money deal to take part in this year’s series”.

Despite this, an ITV source has been quoted saying of the I’m A Celeb casting rumours: “All names at this stage are speculation.”

Sally Lindsay appears on Liz Taylor’s Events That Made Me podcast.

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Sally Lindsay rejects I’m A Celebrity offer ‘most years’ over gruesome phobia

Corporate Event Entertainment by TLC Limited 2018 Sally Lindsay

 

The former Coronation Street actress has no intention of joining the hit ITV show – and for a valid reason

>> Click here to read the full article on the Mirror online

Sally Lindsay has ruled herself out of ever featuring on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!.

The former Coronation Street actress, 46, has no intentions of joining the hit ITV show due to the gruesome eating challenges.

In a candid chat with Liz Taylor on the Events That Made Me podcast, the Mount Pleasant star admitted that she has been forced to decline offers to head into the jungle almost every year.

When quizzed by host Liz if she has ever been invited to feature on iconic show, Sally admitted she’s turned down invites countless times.

Sally admitted: “Oh yes I have, most years, but, oh God no.”

The former Corrie star would not dream of going on the show Down Under unless her family desperately needed the money.

She explained: “If one of the kids needed life-saving surgery, then maybe I would go. Not that I don’t think it’s brilliant. I love watching it!”

The thought of taking part in the gruelling Bush Trucker trials is enough to make the actress sick to her stomach.

“I can’t even eat prawns because they look like insects. I could do all the other things, but it’s the eating I couldn’t do, They’d all be starving,” she laughed.

Therefore, she won’t be accepting any hers to join I’m A Celeb any time soon.

Rumours about this year’s line-up for the hit show are already rife, with Manchester United legend Eric Cantona and ex-Corrie star Lucy Fallon thought to be among the contenders.

Tiger King star Carole Baskin is also another huge name being lined up to appear in the next series, according to reports.

The 59-year-old Big Cat Rescue charity worker is being offered “big money” to parachute into the I’m A Celeb jungle in Australia.

Show bosses are hoping to tempt the Netflix documentary star to be part of the line-up when the show returns to screens with its 20th season.

A show source told The Sun: “Jungle producers have made a formal approach and hope she will do it.”

The newspaper also claims the animal-loving star has been offered “a big money deal to take part in this year’s series”.

Despite this, an ITV source has been quoted saying of the I’m A Celeb casting rumours: “All names at this stage are speculation.”

Sally Lindsay appears on Liz Taylor’s Events That Made Me podcast.

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