A pair who met on ITV’s Blind Date in 1988 have proved doubters flawed by celebrating their thirtieth marriage ceremony anniversary.
Londoners Alex, 56, and Sue Tatham, 55, who first laid eyes on one another on the Cilla Black present 33 years in the past, marked the milestone with a ballet efficiency and dinner on 19 October.
Cilla Black was certainly one of their visitors after they tied the knot in 1991 in a Blind Date particular watched by 17 million folks, and the couple informed Metro they’re nonetheless as smitten at the moment as they have been again then.
Londoners Alex, 56, and Sue Tatham, 55, who first laid eyes on one another on the Cilla Black present Blind Date in 1988, celebrated their thirtieth marriage ceremony anniversary on 19 October (pictured in 2017)
The couple first laid eye on one another in the course of the present, pictured, and went on their first off-camera date as quickly because it wrapped up filming (pictured on Blind Date with host Cilla Black)
Now, on the 12 months of their Pearl anniversary, Alex and Sue share two kids, Emily, 27, and Charlie, 25, and have informed how their philosophy is to carry palms and snicker by means of life collectively.
‘Thirty years on and we’re nonetheless being romantic at the moment,’ Alex mentioned.
‘It was a wonderful night the place Sue and I celebrated 30 years of an exquisite marriage by doing numerous issues we love finest culminating in top-of-the-line ballets we have now ever seen,’ he added, quipping he was grateful their love story did not finish like Romeo and Juliet’s.
Whereas their assembly and marriage ceremony have been televised, the remainder of their relationship blossomed off cameras for the subsequent three many years, and with their two kids grown up, the pair are wanting ahead to having extra time to themselves.
Alex and Sue on with Cilla Black their marriage ceremony day, which was filmed for a Blind Date particular and watched by 17 million folks
They’ve remained upbeat all through their lives collectively and mentioned they’ve be taught to ‘snicker by means of life.’
The pair first noticed one another when Alex was requested to choose between three potential matches: Lynne from Middlesex, Kate from Essex and luck quantity 2: Sue, who lived in Walsall.
Alex determined to join the present – which was one of many Eighties’ hottest TV programmes, with 18.2 million viewers at its peak – when a coworker instructed it for enjoyable.
He informed the FEMAIL in 2011 he thought the present was the primary instance of actuality TV, and mentioned: ‘I simply thought I’d be displaying off very closely, that it will be a humorous expertise and can be one thing I may snicker about for the remainder of my life.’
The couple have given the media updates about their 30-year-long relationship all year long. Pictured with their first child Emily after she was born in 1995
The couple met in 1988, married in 1991 and welcomed their daughter Emily in 1995, pictured. Additionally they had a son named Charlie, who’s now 25
In the meantime, Sue’s buddies tried to signal her up behind her again, and egged her on to use herself after they have been informed solely contestants who signed up for themselves can be accepted on the present.
The pair ultimately appeared collectively on the Cilla Black present’s third season in 1988.
Alex mentioned he does not know why he picked Sue out of the three contestants, however he hasn’t lived to remorse this alternative: ‘There was beautiful Sue, wanting completely attractive,’ he mentioned.
This significantly episode of Blind Date ended up being watched 10 million instances.
Recalling the distinctive second, Sue admitted her legs have been shaking on the time and that she had hoped Alex can be taller than her, and mentioned he sounded charming.
Alex picked Sue, centre, out of three different contestants: Lynn from Middlesex, left and Kate from Essex, proper
Alex revealed in 2011 he thought occurring the present would simply be a little bit of enjoyable, whereas Sue was egged on to do it by buddies (pictured in 1991)
5’2 Sue’s want was exhausted, with Alex being 6’2, and the pair hit it off straight away.
They have been whisked away to Shannon, Eire as a part of the present, the place they stayed in a 5 star lodge.
The couple cheekily revealed the present was making an attempt to maintain them aside, however that the attraction was apparent from the beginning.
‘When Alex and I met, Blind Date was something however a cheesy present. On our date we have been positioned in accommodations 5 miles aside and we have been closely chaperoned on a regular basis. We have been barely allowed to carry palms,’ Sue revealed.
They returned to London to movie the ultimate portion of the Blind Date episode, the place they informed Cilla they did need to see one another once more.
The pair with their two kids, Emily, left and Charlie, proper. The youngsters are actually 27 and 25 respectively and have flown the nest. Sue and Alex can lastly have a while to themselves
Off digital camera, Alex revealed they’d their first actual date the exact same day the filming ended, and headed to London Zoo.
‘We have been greater than holding palms by the top of the day,’ Alex quipped.
What adopted was a two-year-long long-distance relationship, with Alex in London and Sue in Walsall.
Ultimately, Eton-educated Alex proposed and requested Sue to maneuver to London, which she did.
His upper-class mother and father admitted they’d by no means heard of the present Blind Date earlier than, however permitted his alternative of spouse.
The pair’s marriage ceremony was a giant affair, attended by each their households and Cilla Black, in addition to six TV crews.