Plans for two women to marry each other in front of TV cameras on Saturday were scrapped after a last minute court order forced the BBC to cancel.
The women’s four children, all aged between nine and 11, had applied to the popular show Marrying Mum and Dad to give Cheryl McDowell and Sarah Kennedy the coolest wedding day in the world.
Their suggested ‘ice wedding’ theme, complete with fake snow and ice sculptures, impressed CBBC producers so much that they agreed to help organise and fund the special day. They even decided to change the episode’s name to Marrying Mum and Mum.
But three days before the crews were due to arrive at the family’s Two Mile Ash home the plans were stopped by a court ruling applied for by one of the former husbands, and dad to two of the children.
The Provisional Steps Order protested that appearing on national television would not be in the children’s best interests as they could be victimised by peers after the TV exposure.
“We had just two days notice of the court case. We tried to defend ourselves but it was no good. The judge agreed with the order and the show had to be cancelled,” said Cheryl, who is 36.
However, Cheryl and 38 -year-old Sarah, both teaching assistants, have vowed the ice wedding will go ahead after all – DIY style.
Friends and local businesses have rallied round to offer last minute help. Bletchley Register Office has agreed a slot later this month, followed by a reception at Mercure Two Mile Ash hotel.
Other free and cut price help has been offered by a photographer, cake maker, and fake snow machine operator.
And yesterday sympathetic CBBC staff took all four children for a cheer up trip around the studios to see Blue Peter filmed.