March 29th 1980
30 years on
Photo by John Swannell
Cherie is celebrating her 30th Wedding Anniversary this month,on 29th March 2010
Tony Blair married Cherie Booth on Saturday 29th March 1980 at St John's college Chapel Oxford, where Tony had been confirmed. It was a day filled with the usual wedding day anxieties as Cherie recalls in her autobiography:
"We had barely finished hemming the bridesmaids dresses when the car arrived. The bridesmaids went frst with my Mum. As the car was my Mums contribution, I'd decided we only needed one - then it could come back and collect me and Uncle Biill who was giving me away. Good idea in principle but Oxford traffic on a Saturday afrernoon is a nightmare. We waited and waited. The wedding was supposed to start at two o'clock but at two the car had ony just arrived back. By the time we reached St Giles I was convinced there would be no one waiting at he altar and a lot of stained faces....I eventuallly arrived at two thirty, by which time the poor trainee organist had been through his entire repetoire and had gone back to the beginning again"
Fortunately the bridegroom had not given up on her and the rest as they say is history!
"Many readers will have formed an opinion of Cherie Blair from newspaper reports over the years. Now, they will read the full story of Cherie Blair's life; in her own words" Little Brown 2008
"An intimate and humorous portrait of a family living in extraordinary circumstances" The Independent.
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