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Declan Donnelly 'ties the knot with Ali Astall' in Newcastle

TV, music, comedy and sports stars turned out today to see Declan Donnelly marry his manager Ali Astall.

The wedding was held at St Michael's Church, Elswick, Newcastle. The groom's brother Father Dermott Donnelly, the Dean of St Mary's Cathedral, led the ceremony.

Newly married Declan Donnelly and Ali Astall Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

The Geordie presenter got engaged to Miss Astall, in November last year on an island off the coast of Australia, before travelling to the set of I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here! for the latest series.

Dec looked pretty pleased with himself. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

This morning Donnelly joked from the pair's Ant and Dec Twitter account: "Morning! I know I've got somewhere to be today but I can't for the life of me remember where...."

Ant and Dec arrived together in matching suits. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

TV presenting partner Ant McPartlin who was wearing a matching suit reportedly played the role of best man.

McPartlin drove the groom to St Michael's Church in an Aston Martin Vanquish which he revved loudly.

Ali is Dec's manager. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

The bride, wearing a simple full length sleveless white dress, smiled for spectators as she arrived in a Rolls Royce Phantom.

Philip Schofield took pictures ahead of the ceremony. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Breakfast television legends Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby were both in attendance.

Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

As were Strictly's Tess Daly and TV presenter husband Vernon Kay.

ITV's Stephen Mulhern was also among the guests. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire


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Ant McPartlin 'sliced thumb making dinner for Dec'

Ant McPartlin chopped off the tip of his thumb as he prepared a Sunday dinner for his sidekick Declan Donnelly, the Sun reports.

Ant McPartlin (left) and Declan Donnelly (right). Credit: Press Association

The presenter was working out how to use a vegetable-slicer when the accident occurred, as he was planning to make dauphinoise potatoes the next day. He told the Sun:

"It was a complete disaster. I ended up slicing the top of my thumb off. God, it was painful. It hurt like hell. There was a lot of blood."

The star rushed to hospital, hoping that the tip could be stitched back on, but medics were only able to clean and dress the injury. Despite his ordeal, he managed to cook a roast for his friend and business partner the next day.

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