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Saturday, February 13, 1999 Published at 00:20 GMT


Blind date newly-weds return

Carla Cordell: "Make up your own minds"

A couple who married during their very first meeting have returned from their honeymoon.

Carla Cordell: "Love's something that comes over time"
But Carla and Greg Cordell refused to answer the question on every reporter's lips at a Birmingham news conference.

They would not say if the marriage had been consummated, although they said they were delighted with each other and their new up-market home.

[ image: Church leaders criticised the experiment]
Church leaders criticised the experiment
The pair wed after winning a competition run by one of the city's local radio stations.

Candidates in the Two Strangers and a Wedding Competition organised by BRMB radio were matched by a panel including an astrologer.

Former model Carla admitted they had been repeatedly asked about the relationship.

"Everybody wants to know if we have consummated the marriage," she said.

'Every night together'

"All I can say is, we spent every night together during two fabulous weeks in the Bahamas, and we spent last night together in our own flat."

"Is it a proper marriage," asks a reporter......
Carla, 23, from Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, was "very, very happy" but added: "You will have to make up your own minds."

The couple returned to part of their prize, an up-market flat in Birmingham's Symphony Court on Thursday.

Greg, 28, a former coalminer from Amington, Staffordshire, said: "It's in a fantastic location. I couldn't be happier."

Carla said during the holiday, they "did loads of stuff together, and spent a lot of the time getting to know each other".

"There is hardly anything about Greg which I don't like, except he leaves the seat up on the loo," she added.

Not in love

The couple said intense media pressure had brought them closer together.

[ image: Carla Cordell on her  wedding day]
Carla Cordell on her wedding day
"The past is the past," said Greg, referring to national newspaper stories.

"This is a new start for us. We go forward from here, we have no secrets from each other about the past."

Both confessed they were not in love, but "liked" each other a lot.

Greg added: "Love is something that comes with time. Anybody who says you can be in love with someone in two weeks is a liar."

Church leaders have called the wedding "a dangerous and immoral experiment" but both remain determined to prove the critics wrong.

They are now looking forward to getting back to normal and returning to work.

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