With my own patchy record in the marriage stakes my eye was drawn to a remarkable achievement; the first couple to meet on TV’s Blind Date and then marry have celebrated their 30th anniversary.
Back in 1988 nobody could have forecast that Alex Tatham, then a 23-year-old accountant, and Sue, at 22, would still be together three decades later.
Blind Date was big news back in the Eighties. It was hosted by Cilla Black and drew an audience of 18million.
So how have they built such a successful marriage when so many others have failed, there have only been two other weddings in the 18 series?
Sue, now mother to Emily, 27, and Charlie, 25, says: ‘’I definitely wasn’t looking for a husband. I just went on the show for a bit of fun. ‘’
Alex agrees; ‘’I was looking for a laugh - not a wife.’’
They moved in different social circles. Alex had been educated at Eton and Durham University. His family often featured in Tatler, even reporting on his birthday party in Fulham.
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Sue, the daughter of a head teacher, is the product of a comprehensive in the West Midlands and left school at 18 to at first work in the DHSS and later to become a teacher.
‘’ We may come from different backgrounds but we have similar values,’’ says Sue.
‘’We both hate arguments and make it a priority to have a friendly atmosphere. Family comes first always.
‘’Believe it or not still get goosebumps when Alex walks into a room.’’
That is certainly different from me. People are pleased when I walk out of a room!
With the proliferation of dating shows like Love Island and Married at First Sight where the whole point is an almighty explosion it’s good to see that love can last longer than the show’s credits.
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