Hastings couple among first to have large wedding as Covid restrictions ease

A Hastings couple is preparing to get married in one of the first large weddings in the town for almost 18 months.

Monday, 21st June 2021, 12:14 pm
Updated Wednesday, 23rd June 2021, 12:31 pm

Zoe Milton will be marrying Darren Marshall on Friday (June 25) in front of 100 guests at the Bannatyne Spa Hotel, in Hastings

They had originally planned to tie the knot 12 months ago, but plans were cancelled due to the pandemic.

The wedding was rearranged for September 2020 but was then cancelled again due to the restrictions, and reorganised for June 2021.

Darren Marshall and Zoe Milton are to be married on Friday (June 25) in front of 100 guests SUS-210621-113828001
Darren Marshall and Zoe Milton are to be married on Friday (June 25) in front of 100 guests SUS-210621-113828001

This year’s wedding was then in jeopardy after Boris Johnson announced, last week, that the end of restrictions in England – planned for June 21 – would be delayed by four weeks.

However, he then announced that the extension to the restriction would exclude weddings, meaning wedding gatherings can be unlimited subject to the size of the venue and with a few other modifications in place.

The easing of restrictions around weddings come in to place today (Monday, June 21), meaning Zoe and Darren will be one of the first couples to have a large wedding in Hastings for approximately 18 months. Before today, only 30 guests have been permitted to attend weddings.

Despite the easing of the rules, venues have been asked to limit numbers based on space and to enforce social distancing measures, and the wearing of face coverings in indoor spaces.