Cilla Black gate-crashed my wedding, says Shadow Culture Minister on visit to Liverpool
A Labour shadow minister today revealed how Cilla Black gate-crashed his wedding.
The late Scouse star was in attendance when Shadow Culture Secretary Chris Bryant tied the knot with partner Jared Cranney.
The pair were the first couple to celebrate a civil partnership in the Houses of Parliament in March 2010 after the iconic building was granted permission to host weddings.
Cilla, who had never been to a civil partnership before, asked if she could tag along to the then-Europe Minister’s nuptials.
Mr Bryant, who visited Liverpool today for a tour of the city’s arts and cultural centres, told the ECHO: “Mine was the only civil partnership she ever went to and she was an absolute delight.
“I had met her once before and she knew a friend of mine who we had invited along to the wedding.
“She said to my friend ‘I’ve never been to a civil partnership, will they mind if I come along?’ It was a joy to have her there.”
While on his tour of Liverpool, Mr Bryant visited the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT) in Wood Street, where he tried on a 3D-printed prosthetic hand, the Bluecoat creative hub in School Lane, the Tate Liverpool on the Albert Dock and the under-refurbishment Philharmonic Hall.
He said: “When I come to somewhere like Liverpool I see what an enormous difference the arts and cultural scene makes.
“In Liverpool I have seen people experimenting with new ideas and I firmly believe you can’t regenerate any city anywhere without the arts being right at the heart of it.”
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