Britain: Man marries his mother-in-law after divorcing his wife of eight years


a couple of people posing for the camera: Clive Blunden, 65, and Brenda, 77, above in 2012, have been together for more than 30 years. Clive made history when he became the first man in over 400 years to marry his mother-in-law
Clive Blunden, 65, and Brenda, 77, above in 2012, have been together for more than 30 years. Clive made history when he became the first man in over 400 years to marry his mother-in-law

By:Katie Weston For Mailonline (Daily Mail UK)

A man has married his own mother-in-law after divorcing his wife of eight years and getting a 500-year-old law overturned.

Clive Blunden, 65, and Brenda, 77, have been together for over 30 years and officially tied the knot in 2007.

But Clive, from Warrington, Cheshire, was arrested in 1997 after the pair announced their plans to marry.

The 65-year-old was told he could be sentenced to up to seven years in prison due to a ‘lawful impediment’, so the couple decided to change Brenda’s surname by deed poll instead.

Clive then went on to work for the law to be changed, with a European Court overturning it ten years later, in 2005.

‘People thought we wouldn’t last but we are stronger than ever

We’re together 24/7 and there’s a magic to it.’

Brenda added: ‘Clive is a gentleman and he looks after me. I can get a bit argumentative but he quietens me down.’

Clive and his ex-wife, Irene, married in 1977 and had two daughters, divorcing in 1985. 

a group of people posing for the camera: Clive and Brenda first began dating in 1989, four years after Clive divorced from Irene
Clive and Brenda first began dating in 1989, four years after Clive divorced from Irene

Irene did not attend Clive and Brenda’s wedding and previously said she felt her mother ‘totally betrayed’ her.

She told The People in 2012: ‘I don’t even know who my mum is any more – she totally betrayed me.

‘This person who is smiling and laughing with my ex, posing for photographs and talking about renewing her vows is a total stranger to me.’

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