A daughter whose mother died after Covid wiped out half the wedding guests urges people not to be pressured to go to New Years parties.
Heartbroken Dalvinder Kaur-Kelly has spoken after 67-year-old Joginder lost his fight for life just six weeks after the lavish celebration.
Dalvinder, 44, said about 100 people attended the mid-September wedding, which broke Covid restrictions, and that at least 50 became ill with the virus.
Around 60 or 70 attended the reception at the groom’s house.
Dalvinder said: “My mother should still be here, but she felt pressured to go. If you’re worried, don’t keep quiet, speak up.
“It is so foolish. My mother went from the wedding to being admitted to the hospital in less than 10 days.
“A few weeks later we were organizing his funeral. Covid is destroying lives. I wish people would think about what they are doing.
The wedding took place in Derby on September 19; restrictions meant that up to 30 people could attend.
After the ceremony, Joginder went to the reception 35 miles away in Walsall. Guests to the event had traveled from as far afield as Essex, London and Liverpool.
Joginder tested positive on September 24 and was admitted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, four days later.
He died on October 30. Dalvinder said: “I just want to tell people not to go to big meetings.
“There is a vaccine on the way, so make sure your loved ones are here to celebrate next Christmas and New Years.”
She criticized confusing advice on the coronavirus virus and offers of “false hope” about vaccines.
“It seems that we have lost that community spirit since the first wave when everyone worked together,” he said.
“The messages from the Government have been adding to the confusion and now they say that it will return to normal at Easter.
“No, he will not. The coronavirus will continue to be here. People will still have to be careful and patient, wait for the vaccine to be distributed to everyone and then have a real celebration next Christmas.
The family is now raising money for the hospital’s intensive care unit. Dalvinder said: “In her final days, my mother was cared for by incredible doctors and nurses.
“I will always be grateful to you for your kindness towards her.
“My last conversation with her was on a Zoom call. We were able to tell her that we love her and she said she loved us too.