A HONEYMOONER from Halifax and his bride scooped £25,000 on a TV game show – just hours after their wedding.
Former North Halifax Grammar School pupil Ben Gudzelak and Joanna Appleton married at Chelsea Register Office in London on Friday April 29 before they were whisked off to Channel 4’s Million Pound Drop Live.
Producers wanted a newlywed couple to coincide with that day’s royal wedding.
Ben’s parents, Tricia and Andy Gudzelak, and brother Tom, were shown throughout the programme in a live link-up from a post-wedding party at the couple’s London house. Mum Tricia, of Willow Drive, Halifax, said the couple were only having a small wedding on the day because their main wedding ceremony was held the week after in Tenerife with 80 family and friends.
She said: “Channel Four wanted a couple to come straight from their wedding. We all had a meal after the wedding, then a car was waiting to take them to the studios and we went back to their house to watch.
“It was very surreal but it made it fabulous because there was nothing really arranged for after the meal, so it was entertainment for us all. “It was all really enjoyable instead of nerve-wracking. They kept showing us watching at home, all the way through the show, waving.
“They were really good. It was so exciting to see them win £25k.”
The couple had managed to save £175k going into the penultimate question, where they lost £150k.
But they correctly guessed that Kate Middleton was born before Prince William to win the remaning £25k.
They are still in Tenerife after their second cememony last Saturday, plotting what to do with their cash.
Ben, 31, moved to London five years ago where he works as a tennis coach.
He used to be a member of Queen’s Sports Club in Halifax.