This is totally unacceptable! They must have known Vernon Kay was not coming for a while now. Yet the union carried on advertising with the same line up. I think who ever was responsible for the line up should be shot, they clearly aren't capable of doing their job and since Mr Matthews is the 'Centenary Ball Event Co-Ordinator' he probably should be first!!
I sincerely doubt that many people chose to go because they wanted to see Vernon Kay.... especially seeing how bloody annoying he is.
In the end, the success of the ball depends on more important factors than what random celebs are going to be there...... That's just the icing on the cake, and lets you brag to your mates at UCL or Kings about how rubbish the yare.