Belfast Telegraph

It's about time, says Ant as friend Dec ties knot

By Tom Wilkinson

Ant McPartlin quipped that people clapped and cheered at the wedding of his best friend and TV presenting partner Declan Donnelly "because he's finally got married".

Dec (39) - whose family is originally from Northern Ireland - celebrated like he had just scored a goal as he waved to the cheering crowds outside the city church where he married his manager, Ali Astall.

Showbiz and sporting friends, including Phillip Schofield, Alan Shearer and a pregnant Fearne Cotton, joined the couple, as well as the newly-weds' sausage dog, Rocky.

Dec's parents - Alphonsus, who died in 2011, and Anne - are from Desertmartin in Co Londonderry, but they moved to Newcastle, where they bought a house in 1958.

Dec and his bride looked delighted as they waved to the hundreds of well-wishers gathered outside St Michael's Roman Catholic Church in Elswick, Newcastle, on Saturday.

The presenter waved to the fans before walking his wife to a waiting Rolls-Royce Phantom, which whisked them away to a private reception, believed to be in Northumberland.

Moments before, Ant and wife Lisa had come out of the church, and Dec's presenting pal said Ali looked "amazing".

Ant added: "She looks beautiful. It was really emotional."

Asked about the cheering and applause that could be heard from outside the church, he joked: "Because he's finally got married - she's made an honest man of him."

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