Groom Forgets to Book Wedding Venue, Calls in Bomb Threat on Day of Wedding to Get Out of it
– An embarrassed Liverpool groom triggered a bomb scare at his wedding – so his bride-to-be would not find out he had bungled the booking.
Panicked Neil McArdle telephoned St George’s Hall to pretend an explosive had been left in the building where he was due to marry. He even let his unwitting fiance turn up in her wedding dress, only to find the historic venue evacuated and swarming with police.
McArdle, of Medbourne Crescent, Kirkby, had planned to marry his fiance Amy Williams at Liverpool Register Office, within the iconic listed building, on April 24 this year. The date was pencilled in and the pair were given “right to marry” paperwork to complete in order to legalise proceedings. But by time the big day arrived, the hapless lovebird realised he had not completed the forms and knew the venue was not officially booked. Panicking, he went to a phone booth near his home on the morning of the supposed wedding and rang St George’s Hall. He told the receptionist: “There’s a bomb in St George’s Hall and it will go off in 45 minutes”, before putting the phone down. The hall was immediately put on lockdown and dozens of people inside were evacuated as police and a bomb disposal unit were sent to the scene.
The ECHO understands the bride and her wedding party arrived at the hall still believing the wedding would take place. When the hall was re-opened around an hour later, with the groom present, it emerged there was no booking in the name of McArdle and Williams. A source said: “He realised that he hadn’t filled this form in. But he hadn’t got the heart to tell his missus and her family.