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Tuesday, 29 August, 2000, 18:03 GMT 19:03 UK
Anthea picture leaves sour taste
Grant Bovey and Anthea Turner, OK! Magazine
Hard to swallow: The offending shot
Television presenter Anthea Turner says she is "distressed" by claims her wedding photographs were issued as part of a sponsorship deal with a chocolate manufacturer.

Turner and her new husband, businessman Grant Bovey, married last week, and celebrated their nuptials with a party at the weekend.

The rights to the bash were bought by celebrity gossip magazine OK!, which issued a photograph to the media on Monday of them eating Cadbury's chocolate bars.

One of the requests put to us by OK! was could we supply some chocolate for the wedding, but we did not insist they had their picture taken with it

Cadbury spokesman
But the couple, who are on honeymoon in Africa, said they had no part in issuing the picture - nor an accompanying caption plugging a new Cadbury's bar.

Just one newspaper used the shot, and The Sun accompanied it with the headline "Sickener".

A statement released by the pair said: "Ms Turner and Mr Bovey have not even seen the photographs taken by OK! and had no part in releasing this photograph or any knowledge of the accompanying caption.

"Ms Turner and Mr Bovey have no contractual relationship with Cadbury's, nor did Cadbury's 'sponsor' the wedding reception."

A Cadbury spokesman moved to play down the company's part in the affair.

"One of the requests put to us by OK! was could we supply some chocolate for the wedding, but we did not pay anything to the couple or insist they had their picture taken with it," he explained.

"There were no preconditions and there was no sponsorship deal with the Boveys."

OK! magazine said the couple had not been involved in the picture's release.

Lottery fame

Guests at the wedding included television presenters Gloria Hunniford and Esther Rantzen, singer Alvin Stardust, broadcaster Mike Reid and singer Martine McCutcheon.

Mystic Meg
Foreseeing trouble: Former Lottery colleague Mystic Meg arrives at the reception
Anthea Turner, 40, shot to fame in 1992 as a host of children's TV show Blue Peter.

She went on to work for ITV's breakfast station GMTV, and at the height of her popularity, presented the first National Lottery draw in 1994.

Her private life hit the headlines when she split up with former DJ Peter Powell - who is still her manager - in 1998 to go and live with Bovey.

Grant Bovey's then-wife, Della, then entered the spotlight by launching a public campaign to win her husband back, which included appearing at the same public events at the couple.

While all this was going on, Turner was presenting ITV's travel show Wish You Were Here...?, a job she quit in 1999 when producers said they were looking for a "change of direction" for the long-running programme.

Currently, she presents the Saturday evening quiz Your Kids Are In Charge for BBC One, alongside her sister Wendy.

  • The magazine issued the photo to the media with this caption: "ANTHEA TURNER AND GRANT BOVEY exclusive OK! wedding photograph, enjoying Cadbury's new Snowflake. For the complete wedding coverage and a free Cadbury's Snowflake, buy OK! magazine this weekend. OK! First for celebrity news."

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