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James Whale is MARRIED! Radio host, 70, ties the knot with fiancée Nadine

James Whale has married his fiancée Nadine Talbot Brown in a romantic ceremony at Tenterden Town Hall in Kent on Friday.

The radio presenter, 70, walked down the aisle in a stunning ceremony, attended by family and friends, including showbiz pal Lizzie Cundy.

The wedding comes three years after James’ wife Melinda died in May 2018 and a year after the radio host revealed that he was battling spine, brain and kidney cancer.

Happy couple: James and his new wife Nadine celebrated their union on the balcony of the Town Hall

Congratulations! James Whale has married his fiancée Nadine Talbot Brown in a romantic ceremony at Tenterden Town Hall in Kent on Friday

The happy couple looked elated as they celebrated their union on the balcony of the Town Hall, excited waving to their loved ones below. 

The talkRADIO host looked dapper in a navy suit with a red checked pattern, teamed with a pale blue shirt, blue suede shoes and a red handkerchief tucked into his pocket. 

Meanwhile, his beautiful bride, who works in accounts, looked elegant in a crew neck sheath wedding dress which featured glittering embellishments throughout and a cut-out back.

Nadine swept her locks up into a stylish up ‘do, while she carried a stunning bouquet of flowers including pink roses and blue thorns. 

Rest in peace: It comes three years after James' wife Melinda (pictured together) died in May 2018 and a year after the radio host revealed he was also battling cancer

Rest in peace: It comes three years after James’ wife Melinda (pictured together) died in May 2018 and a year after the radio host revealed he was also battling cancer

Good friends: The radio presenter, 70, walked down the aisle in a stunning ceremony, attended by family and friends, including showbiz pal Lizzie Cundy

Good friends: The radio presenter, 70, walked down the aisle in a stunning ceremony, attended by family and friends, including showbiz pal Lizzie Cundy

Celebrations: The happy couple looked elated as they celebrated their union on the balcony of the Town Hall, excited waving to their loved ones below

Celebrations: The happy couple looked elated as they celebrated their union on the balcony of the Town Hall, excited waving to their loved ones below

Wonderful: There was pure joy on James' face as the wedding party piled out of the Town Hall following the ceremony

Wonderful: There was pure joy on James’ face as the wedding party piled out of the Town Hall following the ceremony

The couple’s three bridesmaids also put on a dazzling display in glittering champagne gowns, with the ladies holding smaller versions of bride Nadine’s bouquet.

As they stood outside, a friend popped a bottle of bubbly, with the couple then seen enjoying a glass of fizz amid the celebrations.  

It certainly proved to be a joyous occasion for all involved as James and Nadine happily posed for cheerful snaps with a plethora of family and friends. 

Among the attendees were Lizzie Cundy, 53, who looked fabulous in a pale pink gown and an elaborate matching fascinator. 

Sweet: The couple shared a sweet kiss as they joined their guests outside following the nuptials

Sweet: The couple shared a sweet kiss as they joined their guests outside following the nuptials

All dressed up: The talkRADIO host looked dapper in a navy suit with a red checked pattern, teamed with a pale blue shirt, blue suede shoes and a red handkerchief tucked into his pocket

Here comes the bride: his beautiful bride looked elegant in a crew neck sheath wedding dress which featured glittering embellishments throughout and a cut-out back

All dressed up: The talkRADIO host looked dapper in a navy suit with a red checked pattern, while his beautiful bride looked elegant in a crew neck sheath wedding dress which featured glittering embellishments throughout and a cut-out back

Golden girls: The couple's three bridesmaids also put on a dazzling display in glittering champagne gowns, with the ladies holding smaller versions of bride Nadine's bouquet

Golden girls: The couple’s three bridesmaids also put on a dazzling display in glittering champagne gowns, with the ladies holding smaller versions of bride Nadine’s bouquet

Cheers: As they stood outside, a friend popped a bottle of bubbly, with the couple then seen enjoying a glass of fizz amid the celebrations

Cheers: As they stood outside, a friend popped a bottle of bubbly, with the couple then seen enjoying a glass of fizz amid the celebrations

Sweet: James planted a tender kiss on his wife's head as they posed for snaps

Sweet: James planted a tender kiss on his wife’s head as they posed for snaps

Cheers to the newlyweds: A gentleman sprayed a bottle of champagne on the balcony of the Town Hall

Cheers to the newlyweds: A gentleman sprayed a bottle of champagne on the balcony of the Town Hall

Special occasion: James looked as proud as punch as she stood beside wife Nadine and pals at their wedding

Special occasion: James looked as proud as punch as she stood beside wife Nadine and pals at their wedding

The TV personality boosted her height with towering pink heels and accessorised her wedding look with sunglasses and a black handbag. 

Lizzie also documented her big day on Instagram, sharing a number of shots of herself throughout the day as she joined in with the celebrations. 

James previously announced his engagement on Twitter in May this year, telling fans at the time that he’ll reveal ‘to whom later’ as he kept his love’s identity a mystery.

Sharing the news, James wrote: ‘Breaking news over this weekend of my birthday I have to announce that I have become engaged- to whom I will reveal later!’  

Lovely: It certainly proved to be a joyous occasion for all involved as James and Nadine happily posed for cheerful snaps with a plethora of family and friends

Lovely: It certainly proved to be a joyous occasion for all involved as James and Nadine happily posed for cheerful snaps with a plethora of family and friends

Clink clink: The champagne was flowing at James and Nadine's wedding celebrations in Kent

The best day: The radio star and broadcaster held on tightly to his wife's hand

Clink clink: The champagne was flowing at James and Nadine’s wedding celebrations in Kent

There she is! Among the attendees were Lizzie Cundy, 53, who looked fabulous in a pale pink gown and an elaborate matching fascinator

There she is! Among the attendees were Lizzie Cundy, 53, who looked fabulous in a pale pink gown and an elaborate matching fascinator

Pretty in pink: The TV personality boosted her height with towering pink heels and accessorised her wedding look with sunglasses and a black handbag

Party time: Lizzie also documented her big day on Instagram, sharing a number of shots of herself throughout the day as she joined in with the celebrations

There she goes: Lizzie was snapped in a coach on her way to the wedding party

Party time: Lizzie also documented her big day on Instagram, sharing a number of shots of herself throughout the day as she joined in with the celebrations

Ready for the big moment: The media star was front and centre as she prepared to watch her good friend say his vows

Ready for the big moment: The media star was front and centre as she prepared to watch her good friend say his vows

One pleased fan replied to James’ saying: ‘Please let it be Ash [Gould, his talkRADIO co-host. I’ve listened to you two for years & it would be sooooo romantic! You’re just made for each other & I bet Melinda (looking down) would approve!’ 

This prompted the presenter to reply: ‘We have been together a long time.’ 

James’ late wife Melinda passed away in May 2018, with him telling MailOnline at the time of her diagnosis: ‘She is not expected to live very long, it may be weeks or months.

‘She is having treatment, and I can’t give up that last glimmer of hope. But the doctors say I have to face facts. She is dying. The though of losing her is so painful, it is difficult to even contemplate.’

Cheers to the big day: James stood amid his loved ones as he posed for a picture

Cheers to the big day: James stood amid his loved ones as he posed for a picture

Lovely to see: James shared a hug and a sweet moment with one wedding guest

So happy: His friend rested her head on his shoulder as they smiled for the camera

Lovely to see: James shared a hug and a sweet moment with one wedding guest

Melinda went to her GP in September 2017, after feeling unwell and suffering with a cough.

She said: ‘I thought it was just a virus but the doctor found an infection in my lower, left lung and ear. I was prescribed antibiotics and sent home.’

When they didn’t work, Melinda went back and was prescribed another course, which also didn’t work, before being sent for a chest X-ray.

She said: ‘I was getting more and more tired. At one point I really doubted myself. I thought, “This is in your head, Melinda.” I thought it was the winter blues.

‘But when I saw the radiographer’s face I immediately knew something was wrong. The next day, I was told I needed further tests.

‘By the time I was told it was cancer in December, I already knew. Don’t ask me how, but I did. I have stage four lung cancer with secondary cancer scattered here, there and everywhere.

‘It’s in my bones, my spine and my lymph glands. It’s gone ping, all over the place. It was such a huge shock. You’re talking three months from perfect health to now, when I sleep almost 24 hours a day. It certainly crept up on me.’

She died just months later, in May 2018. 

James had hoped Melinda could overcome the prognosis, like he did 18 years ago when he was told he had a tumour in his kidney the size of a football.

He said: ‘They weren’t sure they could operate. I thought I was going to die.’

After beating the odds and having a kidney removed, he set up Kidney Cancer UK, a charity that helps support those with the disease and their loved ones.

Sad loss: James's wife Melinda (pictured) died in May 2018 just months after being diagnosed

Sad loss: James’s wife Melinda (pictured) died in May 2018 just months after being diagnosed

James has also been very candid about his own health troubles in recent years, revealing in 2020 that he discovered he had spine, brain and kidney cancer. 

Speaking last August, James said he even considered throwing a farewell party with friends and then taking his own life after learning his diagnosis.

He said he considered euthanasia at ‘the place in Switzerland’ after he was given his diagnosis- just two years after he lost his wife Melinda to the devastating disease

Health battle: James has also been very candid about his own health troubles, revealing in 2020 that he discovered he had spine, brain and kidney cancer

Health battle: James has also been very candid about his own health troubles, revealing in 2020 that he discovered he had spine, brain and kidney cancer

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