Northern Ireland’s national treasure, Gloria Hunniford was gleaming as she returned to the majestic Kent castle where she married her husband Stephen Way 25 years ago.
Gloria Hunniford’s second marriage following her divorce from Don Keating in 1992, included guests such as Sir Cliff Richard, Esther Rantzen, Anthea Turner and Barbara Windsor – and Gloria is looking as fabulous today as she did back then.
Gloria said that her memories of that day are as vivid as ever and that her happy marriage is based on “love, laughter and good conversation”.
“I can remember walking into the church, filled with family and friends, and the candles all lit – it was wonderful. We’ve often said we would love to live it all over again,” she said.
“Of course, there is physical attraction, but our relationship is full of kindness and humour. We enjoy talking to each other. Talk, talk, talk – that is a wonderful thing.”
Gloria married celebrity hairdresser Stephen Way at St Peter’s Church, in Hever, on 6 September 1998, followed by celebrations at the castle.
Recalling how beautiful his wife looked on that day, Stephen said: “Yes, my God, how she looked on that day. She looked so glamorous.”
Gloria added: “Everyone said to me: ‘You shouldn’t have such a big hat because people won’t be able to get under it to kiss you.’ But I said: ‘They’ll have to learn how to.’ I’d always dreamed of having a hat like that.”
“My close friend Cliff did a reading, and James Galway, the world-famous musician, who comes from Northern Ireland like myself, played the flute, alongside his wife Jeanne.
“The vicar, the Rev. Canon Roger Royle, said: ‘You know it’s a very classy wedding when the cabaret is James Galway and Cliff Richard.”
Gloria said that she fell in love with the church when she moved to England from Northern Ireland and knew that was where she wanted to get married.
“It is so small and intimate, and alongside it is the castle, so unlike other castles, which can be barren and big. Hever has something special. You can almost pretend – and dream – that you could live there,” she said.
While Gloria and Stephen are marking their anniversary, they said that they are looking forward to celebrating the wedding of her grandson.
Charlie Lindsay, the eldest son on Gloria’s late daughter Caron, is set to follow in his grandmother’s footsteps as he marries his fiancée Nicole Clements at Hever.
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