A Whitefield couple who met on First Dates have finally married after having two weddings cancelled by Covid.

Cindy Thompson and Elan Cohen tied the knot on September 26, describing their day as a “symbol of happiness and moving forward”.

The pair touched the nation’s hearts on the Channel 4 show after Cindy revealed her mum Angela had glioblastoma.

Tragically she died from the incurable brain cancer in June 2018.

But Cindy said her mother was at her wedding “in spirit” as her emotional dad walked her down the aisle.

The 31-year-old said: “After our wedding was postponed twice, we are beyond happy to finally have our big day – third time lucky!

“Dad didn’t stop crying from the moment he saw me in my dress until the end of the ceremony.

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“Mum was very much with us in spirit. Our humanist celebrant, Erica, who conducted her funeral paid tribute to her in the ceremony.

“It meant everything to me to have that link. Erica listened to my mum’s inner-most thoughts and has been there for us as a family ever since.

“She told me how honoured she was to be with us at the most painful time of our lives and now sharing the happiest time of our life.

“Mum was also remembered in the speeches and we had a notice board of photos of her so guests who had never met her could see who she was.

“Elan’s family is Jewish so we had a hybrid Jewish-humanist wedding. Our guests said it was the most beautiful ceremony they’d ever been to and it was everything we’d dreamt of.”

The supermarket senior online manager added she feels “so grateful” her mum managed to meet Elan - who was born in Bury and brought up in Prestwich - before she died.

Cindy Thompson, Elan Cohen and Cindy's mum Angela

“It helps me that she had some comfort knowing that I’d met the love of my life,” she continued.

“Mum adored Elan and her last words to him were, “Please don’t let me down.’

“Elan held her hand and promised he wouldn’t – he’s been true to his word.

“He’s been my rock and I wouldn’t have got through everything without him.”

After the wedding was called off from May 17 and November 8 last year, the couple managed to rearrange their big day.

At the venue, guests were greeted by a cardboard cut-out of First Dates’ Fred Sirieix as a nod to the couple falling in love on national TV.

Cindy Thompson and Elan Cohen met on First Dates

During filming of the episode in October 2017, the couple bonded as Cindy shared her heartbreak about her mum’s prognosis.

Elan also confided in her about his mum’s battle with depression.

“As soon as Elan walked in, I knew he was my type and his personality more than matched his looks,” Cindy said.

“When I told him about my mum, he was so understanding and compassionate.

Cindy Thompson and Elan Cohen eventually tied the knot

“Then he invited me to Manchester the following weekend and that was it.”

Cindy moved from Skipton into Elan’s flat in January 2019, and he proposed that May. In January this year, they moved into their “dream home,” in Whitefield, a four-bedroom house.

Now Cindy is sharing her story to support The Brain Tumour Charity’s world-first UK trial of cannabis-based drug Sativex in treating glioblastoma, which is to launch at 15 NHS hospitals in early 2022, following promising results from a phase I study in 27 patients.

The drug — already used in treating multiple sclerosis — was found to be tolerable in combination with chemotherapy, with the potential to extend survival, in a phase I trial in glioblastomas earlier this year 2.

Anyone affected by a glioblastoma can speak to the charity for support and information on 0808 800 0004 or by emailing [email protected]

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