Simon Thomas weds girlfriend Derrina Jebb

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TV presenter Simon Thomas has married his girlfriend Derrina Jebb, four years after tragically losing his first wife to cancer.

The 48-year-old former Blue Peter presenter posted the happy news about his second marriage, which took place at Norwich Cathedral, on Instagram on Sunday.

Gemma, Simon's first wife, died aged 40 in November 2017, just three days after being diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia. They had been married since 2005.

Simon, who had previously shared how Derrina helped changed his life since they started dating the year after Gemma's untimely death, gushed about his happiness on Instagram after the wedding.

His first post marking the wedding to the 30-year-old is captioned, "Love. Wins." and he later praised both of his best men, one of whom was his 11-year-old son by Gemma, Ethan.

The Sky Sports presenter called his son's speech at the wedding "amazing" and added, "We're so proud of him."

Thomas, who hosted Premier League football on Sky Sports for more than a decade, wore a blue suit and white tie, while Derrina, who works in the legal industry, wore an off-the-shoulder wedding dress featuring a long train and veil.

After the main ceremony, the couple held a reception in the countryside at Norfolk's Oxnead Hall, where guests included Simon's former Blue Peter co-hosts Matt Baker and Liz Barker, as well as former CBBC presenters Angelica Bell and Michael Underwood.

Simon's 2019 book, Love, Interrupted: Navigating Grief One Day At A Time, reveals his experiences around the loss of Gemma, including guilt over her sudden death and his decision not to pursue medical advice more urgently.

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