England on STANDSTILL during Saturday as nation watches World Cup

England on STANDSTILL during Super Saturday! Weddings, music festivals and Pride event face being deserted as nation watches Three Lions’ World Cup quarter-final with Sweden

  • Up to 30million people are expected to watch England’s game on Saturday
  • But the 3pm kick-off is clashing with wedding, festivals and other summer events
  • Couples set to marry changing plans as Church warns against watching in pews 
  • Thousands likely to turn up late to British Summer Time festival in Hyde Park
  • Wimbledon not showing game with pubs set for a roaring trade come kick-off
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England will come to a standstill on Saturday ahead of the World Cup quarter-final with weddings, music festivals and other major events set to be deserted come kick-off.

Up to 30million people are expected to watch the game and couples marrying this weekend are changing their plans and installing TVs at their venues so guests don’t cancel.  

A senior Church of England cleric has even warned people not to watch the game on mobile phones or tablets if they are in church during the match with Sweden from 3pm on Saturday. 

Thousands of gig-goers off to the British Summer Time in Hyde Park on Saturday say they won’t arrived until at least 5pm – three hours after it starts – because ‘unpatriotic’ organisers aren’t showing the football and won’t allow people to come and go from the site. 

And London’s Pride festival organisers are considering putting up giant screens so the tens of thousands taking part on Saturday afternoon can cheer England on rather than stay away.


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Wedding plans have been thrown into chaos because of the big game at 3pm on Saturday

Some people taking part in the march have asked to be pushed towards the front so they can catch the game.

One London regular says he will miss it this year, tweeting: ‘I’m marching in others. If we win the match we’ll be in the Semis for the first time since 1990. My sexuality is literally one part of who I am, it is not my entire being’.

Wimbledon has also ruled out showing the match including on Henman Hill/Murray Mount.

Pubs close to all these events are set to make a fortune as people flood in to watch England’s biggest game for more than a decade.

With weddings traditionally on Saturday afternoons, many couples are having to change their plans or bring in TVs to keep guests happy.

Bride-to-be Jodie Houlston, from Lincolnshire, said: ‘OK England, you’re starting to worry me now.

‘If your kicking a ball around a bit of grass upstages me on my wedding day I may have to have the first diva strop of my life.’  

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Danni Jordan, of Ipswich, said her brother had posted a Facebook status asking his fiancée if they could move their wedding to Sunday, so he doesn’t miss the match.

Ashleigh Marie said: ‘When the England game will be playing during you wedding… woo, nothing like paying all that money to have missing guests.’

And Zoey Olivia, of Watford, added: ‘Just realised I’m at a wedding on Saturday and England are playing… I’m so torn. I hope there’s a TV.’

The Church of England’s head of ‘life events’, Sandra Millar, the Church of England’s head of ‘life events’, said: ‘For those attending a wedding service at 3pm, I’d strongly encourage you to make sure you are fully on-side with the happy couple and switch off your mobile phone in advance.’

Rev Millar added that while guests ‘may be forgiven’ for checking the score at the reception – doing this is church should be given the ‘red card’.

She told the Daily Telegraph: ‘For those getting married on Saturday, like England fans you might experience a few nerves – but you can be sure that it will also be the best day of your life, with memories to cherish. Who knows, come 6pm, that may be something you share with the rest of the nation too’.


Here is where you can watch the England v Sweden match on Saturday at 3pm around London


Spectators watch tennis on the big screen on Henman Hill/Murray Mound at Wimbledon in London  – but won’t be showing the football

Many have admitted they are heartbroken about missing the game – including people set to walk down the aisle. 

Groom-to-be Gary Snoad tweeted: ‘My own wedding clashing with the big game on Saturday – what have I done? Apologies to the English contingent, definitely the Welsh family side that picked the date.’

Guests are threatening to miss portions of a wedding.

Julian Fortuna wrote: ‘I have my mate’s wedding on Saturday. Ceremony starts at 4.30pm. Luckily, there is a pub just outside the cathedral. Not missing the game.’

Jordan Brown also said: ‘I’m doing my best man speech at 3pm. If I wasn’t nervous before I am now.’ 

Saturday’s game is huge for fans and could attract viewing figures of up to 30million.

Roads, railway stations and high streets are set to be empty as people head home or to the pub to watch.

Schools have changed the times of the school fetes to avoid a time clash while some sporting events like gold tournaments have been called off completely. 

The Lord Mayor of Norwich has even moved the annual procession through the city.

Londoners will face travel problems, with closures on the Metropolitan and Jubilee lines – as well as sections of the Overground and Docklands Light Railway. 

Pride in London, celebrating the LGBTQ community, takes place in the capital at the same time as England’s World Cup match on Saturday.

Pride in London, celebrating the LGBTQ community, takes place in the capital at the same time as England’s World Cup match on Saturday.

Tens of thousands of people will gather to watch the parade run from Portland Place to Whitehall, from 12pm to 5pm.

Attendees have pleaded with organisers to set up screens along the route so they can watch the football.

But at the moment it looks like your best bet might be to watch the first few hours of Pride, before heading into a pub along the route to see the match.

A Pride spokesman told MailOnline that organisers were looking into the situation and would issue an update.


Eric Dier (centre) is mobbed by his team-mates after his winning penalty in the shootout clinched victory over Colombia


Jordan Pickford dives to save Carlos Bacca’s penalty in the shootout, a stop which gave Dier the chance to win it from the spot

British Summer Time in Hyde Park starts at 2pm and is so far resisted calls to show it on a big screen away from where the bands are playing.

The festival’s official Twitter profile is being bombarded with tweets from upset customers. The NME says the game won’t be shown but BST is yet to comment.

Gary Waddison wrote: ‘@BSTHydePark please can you confirm if you are showing the football Saturday. Not prepared to come before kick off until you confirm. Terrible lack of info. If not see you after 6pm. Lack of answers across all your social media is frustrating for all.

@Missgemmakay89: ‘@BSTHydePark have made a massive mistake deciding not to show the football on Saturday…people will be going in later, spending less money!

@RideTheNetwork tweeted: ‘@BSTHydePark utter madness if you don’t show football. 20K p****d fans arriving en masse 6pm…accident waiting to happen’.

@Toetog wrote:  ‘As many people have said, unless they show the football unfortunately I and many others won’t be there until Interpol. Come on, do the right thing @BSTHydePark’. 

Thousands of people will gather at locations across London including Camden Market, Boxpark Shoreditch, Pop Brixton and Flat Iron Square in London Bridge.

Other locations showing the big match outdoors in the capital include Pitch Stratford, Vauxhall Street Food Garden and Ealing Park Tavern. 

Fans in other cities can also watch it outside, including in Birmingham where it will be shown at The Archway Digbeth, New Inn Harborne and The Distillery.

In Newcastle there is an outdoor screen at Times Square – and in Brighton, fans can watch on the beach on Britain’s biggest high-definition screen. 

Where can I see England v Sweden on an outdoor screen in London?

· Camden Market, NW1 8AF

· The Enchanted Garden, EC1V 9LA

· The Water Poet, E1 6BX,

· Skylight, E1W 2SF

· Boxpark Shoreditch, E1 6GY

· Pitch Stratford, E15 3PA

· Flat Iron Square, SE1 1TD

· Boxpark Croydon, CR0 1LD 

· Pop Brixton, SW9 8PQ

· Ealing Park Tavern, W5 4RL

· The Waterway, W9 2JU

· The Grafton Arms, W1T 5DU

· The Bud Boat, SE1 8XZ

· Street Food Garden, SW8 1SP

· Neverland, SW6 2TY 

 

 

 

  

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