A bride made a desperate plea on Facebook as her DJ canceled at the last minute.

Samantha Fennell was marrying the love of her life, Phil, on Saturday (6 August), a day she and her partner had been looking forward to since they got engaged last April. The couple were basking in their special day, surrounded by friends and family when the bride received some news that changed to mood entirely.

While having her wedding photos taken at Ashton Gardens, St Anne’s, Samantha received a text from her wedding DJ who was booked to meet the couple at their reception venue of St Anne’s Cricket Club. The DJ was due to be there to entertain the guests at 2.30pm that afternoon, but only 26 minutes before this, the DJ messaged Samantha to cancel due to a “family emergency.”

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“I was getting our wedding pictures taken and I had people messaging me asking me where the DJ was as he hadn’t turned up to the venue,” Samantha told LancsLive. “So I called my mum and she confirmed that no one had turned up.

“I then received the message from the DJ at 2.04pm saying he had to cancel due to a family emergency. I was in tears, I just thought, what do I do now?”

Samantha and her new husband Phil when another DJ saved the day
(Image: Samantha Fennell)

“We had a great day but it did taint it a bit with having to rush around to find someone else and figure out what to do. It was the little things like someone announcing when the food was ready or playing the song for our first dance and announcing when we would cut the cake.

“I should have seen the red flags earlier really as I sent the DJ a list of song requests and he didn’t reply at first and then just replied with ‘all sorted, thanks’.”

In her desperation, Samantha decided to take to the Blackpool Community Chat Facebook page to put out a plea to see if anyone in the area was willing to help her out last minute. She added: “So, I just decided to stick a plea on the to see what would happen, but of course I had to wait an hour for my post to be approved and then wait for a response.

“I booked the DJ in March this year and paid him £125 which came with a £50 discount as I paid in advance. My mum messaged the DJ on text, Whatsapp, she rang him and sent him a message online, but we’ we still heard nothing.”

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With Samantha’s brother having to use the music on his phone with the Bluetooth system the venue, St Anne’s Cricket Club had, it seemed that what should have been the best day of her life, which was turning into a stressful occasion. However, with a stroke of luck, someone saw her Facebook post and decided to come to the rescue.

The hero in question was Ian Thompson from DJ Tomo’s Disco and Karaoke and it was his wife who initially saw Samantha’s plea and decided to offer up her husband’s services. Samantha added: “Ian’s wife commented on my post saying her husband could help out and that he’ll message and call me about it. He called me and I was about to tell him where to go and it turns out he was already at the venue.

“He turned up at around 4.30-4.45 in the afternoon and took about 20 minutes to set up. We only needed him until 8pm that evening as that was how long our reception was going on for, we didn’t want it too late for the kids and stuff.

“I just want our money back, I don’t want to name and shame him just yet because I want it back first. Another lady at the venue also came from downstairs asking Ian if he was booked for their event because she had been let down by the same DJ.

“Ian was a good laugh though and everyone was cheering him on when he arrived. I was lucky that he was able to save the day and I’d recommend him to anyone else, I even would have booked him in the first place if I ‘d have known!”

Ian Thompson from DJ Tomo's Disco and Karaoke came to the rescue

Ian Thompson from DJ Tomo’s Disco and Karaoke came to the rescue
(Image: Ian Thompson from DJ Tomo’s Disco and Karaoke)

Ian, who by day is a bus driver for Blackpool Transport, lives in South Shore with his wife and children. He had only just arrived back at home from his bus driving shift when he was quickly sent out again on the wedding rescue mission.

Ian told LancsLive: “I got home from work around three in the afternoon and at around five-ish my wife told me about the Facebook post she’d seen. Luckily, I hadn’t taken my equipment out of my van so it was just a matter of grabbing my laptop and going.

“It only took me about 15-20 minutes to get there, I was actually already at the venue when Samantha called me about it. It was just really nice, some guys helped me get my equipment ready and it was quite frantic but everyone seemed relieved.”

Despite Ian’s 25 years of experience in the industry, he says nothing so last minute has ever happened to him before. “This is a first, but I’m happy to help anyone I can,” Ian added.

“Normally I’m booked in every weekend as well but I was working that weekend as a bus driver so I thought I was going home to my wife and kids until this came about. I was also doing this job when another lady came up to me asking if I was meant to be booked downstairs.

“I looked at her weirdly and said I was doing a last minute favor and it turned out she had been let down by the same DJ or company as well. So, when I was done with Samantha’s party at 8pm, I went downstairs for this engagement party until just after midnight.

“It was gone one in the morning by the time I got home but I was really pleased. I haven’t got much sleep but it doesn’t phase me.”

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