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Manic plans secret wedding
The Manic Street Preachers
Bradfield (centre) is hoping for a Spring wedding
Manic Street Preacher James Dean Bradfield is planning a top secret wedding at a south Wales country house.

Lead singer Bradfield will tie the knot with PR girl Mylene Halsall in a star-studded ceremony at Llanfihangel Court in the Monmouthshire countryside.

Bradfield, who is 34, proposed to Miss Halsall a few months ago and the pair will get married in the spring.

They had been dating on and off for a year before he decided it was time to settle down.

The couple are planning a wedding for close family and friends - but names on the guest list include fellow Welsh rockers the Stereophonics.

Top of the list are band mates Nicky Wire and Sean Moore - and the parents of missing guitarist Richey Edwards will also be invited.

Bradfield's 61-year-old father Monty said he was pleased at the news - even though he had only just found out.

"If they had a grandchild for me I would be really thrilled," he said.

"I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I'll be a granddad soon."
Llanfihangel Court
Llanfihangel Court is in the Monmouthshire countryside

Marketing manager Miss Halsall, 30, fell in love with the Grade 1 listed country house and the couple decided it was the perfect venue for their dream wedding.

David Johnson, who owns Llanfihangel Court, said: "It's a beautiful place. Mylene saw it and absolutely loved it."

It will be the first ever wedding to be held at the house after the couple have applied for a civil ceremony licence.

A spokesman for Cardiff Register Office said: "There was a bit of a problem with the building.

"It didn't have a licence for weddings so the owners are having to rush one through.

"The couple have set their hearts set on getting married there."

The Manics have been recording with legendary producer Tony Visconti in New York.

They will return to the UK in February to work on their seventh album.


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