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Islwyn MP Chris Evans weds former BBC public relations chief Julia Ockenden at Our Lady & St Michael’s church in Abergavenny

Free Press Series: Islwyn MP Chris Evans and Julia Ockenden who were married in Abergavenny today Islwyn MP Chris Evans and Julia Ockenden who were married in Abergavenny today

ISLWYN'S MP tied the knot at a church in Abergavenny today.

Seventy guests watched as MP Chris Evans, kissed his bride Julia Ockenden, a former head of public affairs at the BBC, by a huge Christmas tree at Our Lady & St Michael’s.

Guests said it was a “wonderful”, “fabulous” service with a Christmas theme, as they left the church for celebrations at the Angel Hotel in town.

Mr Evans, 37, said: “It’s been hectic and exciting. I am really delighted to be married.

“It’s been lovely and I’m pleased everybody turned up. I’m just looking forward to married life.”

Dad-of-five Roy Ockenden, 70, who gave Julia away to Chris, said: “It’s something special.”

His wife Joan said: “It was a wonderful service. Julia and Chris were delighted.”

Father Richard Simons added: “It has been a lovely, lovely occasion. I am so happy for the bride and groom.”

The pair are celebrating by going on a skiing holiday in Switzerland.

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