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Saturday, 29 December, 2001, 20:30 GMT
Blind Date contestant's proposal
Blind Date has moved back to its prime time slot
Will Cilla have to buy a new hat?
Cilla Black is preparing for another Blind Date wedding after a contestant's surprise on-air proposal on the Saturday night matchmaking show.

Hannarle Davies from Essex and Mark Ackerell from Buckinghamshire fell in love on their whirlwind date to Vienna, in Austria.

Viewers tuning in to Saturday's programme saw her ask the bespectacled optician to spend the rest of his life with her.

We wish them a lorra, lorra, lorra luck! It was a treat to see them so in love

Blind Date spokeswoman

Ms Davies, 28, said to Black: "Get another hat because I can feel a wedding coming on."

She then turned to Ackerell, who she chose as her date on last Saturday's show, and asked: "What are you doing for the next 50 years?"

The 26-year-old kept millions of viewers on their edge of their seats before smiling and saying: "I'm going to be with you, aren't I?"


Black, who often jokes about buying a new wedding hat, has seen three pairs of Blind Date contestants marry.

For the latest love-struck couple, their date involved them learning to waltz, cooking Austrian food, all finished off with a romantic candlelit dinner in the capital.

Blind Date spokeswoman Julia Engleman said: "We wish them a lorra, lorra, lorra luck! It was a treat to see them so in love."

Sparks often fly on the hit dating show, but more often because couples do not get on during their date.

The ITV1 show regularly attracts about seven million viewers each week.

See also:

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