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Saturday, 6 January, 2001, 19:08 GMT
Aled 'walks on air' after wedding

Aled Jones with his new wife Claire
Singing star and television presenter Aled Jones has married girlfriend Claire Fossett at a ceremony in London.

The former Welsh choirboy told reporters outside St Paul's church in Covent Garden that the wedding had been "perfect".

Aled Jones became an overnight star singing Walking In The Air, the theme to the animated adventure film The Snowman.

He broke into the charts with the top five single at Christmas in 1985 and he launched a career which saw the schoolboy become a household name.

The BBC subsequently made an album which went on to sell 250,000 copies and started Jones on the road to super-stardom.

The 29-year-old, who was born in Anglesey, now hosts the BBC's Songs of Praise and is a presenter on the Welsh-language magazine programme, Heno.

Aled Jones
Child star: Aled Jones as a choirboy

The couple met in Blackpool when Aled starred in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Miss Fossett, who is in her mid-20s, is a member of the famous Fossett circus family.

The wedding's 130-strong congregation included Aled's parents Derek and Nest and a host of friends and relatives.

The singer, who is considering bringing out a new single later this year, left the hymns to the boys of the Libera Choir from Sussex, as he and his wife went into sign the register.

'Wonderful'

Outside the church, the couple posed for photographers.

Aled told reporters: "I cried all the way through."

He described the day as absolutely perfect, adding: "The choirboys were fantastic, I think they're the best choir in the world."

His new wife, Claire, said: "It's been wonderful."

Aled Jones has amassed several gold and platinum discs for his mass-selling records.

The singer has even made a duet with himself.

Jones recorded the first half of his duet for man and boy, called What Can You Tell Me? when he was a young singer.

The recording was then stored away until Jones's voice matured and he became a baritone.

He then recorded the second half. The song was played in Christmas 1995.

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