STARS Ant and Dec wished a Huddersfield couple well on their wedding day in front of millions of TV viewers.
Belinda Kelly (nee Coldwell) made it down the aisle on Saturday just weeks after she was glassed in the face in a Huddersfield bar.
Belinda, 26, married Chris Kelly, 25, on Saturday, just three weeks after the attack which caused permanent damage to her left eye.
But Chris was without his best man Dillian Simpson, who was preparing for a live appearance on ITV show Push the Button.
He had been drafted in to help his family on the Ant and Dec-hosted show last week when his 35-year-old brother Morris dropped out after it emerged he was on bail over a sex assault allegation against a woman – an allegation he denies.
Dillian told viewers on Saturday night that he was missing his friend’s “very special day” to appear on the show.
Ant and Dec then wished Belinda and Chris well.
The happy couple didn’t see the show on Saturday evening as they were at their reception at Berties in Elland.
But they watched a recording of Push the Button yesterday morning before heading off for their honeymoon in Egypt.
Belinda said: “Some people told us about it at the reception and I was getting texts saying we had been mentioned on the show.
“It was a lovely surprise. It was really touching when we watched it.”
Belinda added: “We realised last Saturday that Dillian couldn’t be our best man because he was a stand-in on the show. We were both devastated.”
Another of Chris’ friends, Jordache Murray, was promoted from usher to best man after Dillian dropped out.
Belinda, from Crosland Moor, had feared the scar she suffered in the attack would ruin her big day.
But with some help from her make-up artist mother Miriam, 47, she walked down the aisle with confidence.
Speaking moments after the ceremony at the Methodist Mission on Lord Street, Belinda said: “My mum helped me with the make-up and we also had a lady who specialises in covering bruising and scars.”
Belinda, who works as a receptionist at an accountancy firm, had been at a leaving party for Chris’ cousin in Yates’ when she was glassed in the face at 1am on February 13.
She was rushed to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary before being taken to Calderdale Royal Hospital where an eye specialist performed surgery at 4am.
The operation saved Belinda’s sight – but she will have to live with the consequences of the attack for the rest of her life.
She said on Saturday: “On the outside it’s not too bad, but there’s damage on the inside and I will have to have another operation.
“I probably won’t see properly ever again.”
Belinda and Chris were married at the Methodist Mission at 1pm on Saturday in front of family and friends.
Their 15-month-old daughter Ava was one of the bridesmaids, while Belinda’s brother, Jamie, was a groomsman.
Belinda said: “It was a really good ceremony, a lovely event.
“It was an emotional occasion for me.”
Professional rugby league player Greg Johnson, 20, was arrested and questioned on suspicion of assault and wounding after the incident. He was released on bail.
Police say enquiries are ongoing into the incident.
Meanwhile, the Simpson family continued their winning streak on Push the Button on Saturday, winning for the third week in a row.
The Huddersfield family won £20,416 at the weekend, taking their grand total to £38,156. The team is currently made up of Dillian, his girlfriend Melissa McKenzie; his brother Tshan and Morris’ fiance, Lisa Ayre.