08:30AM, Friday 27 June 2014
Crazy cruise ship host and pantomime star Kevin Cruise is used to being the centre of attention.
But he stayed firmly in the background when Maidenhead's first gay wedding took place at Fredrick's Hotel on Saturday, June 14.
The man tying the knot was actor Martin Cabble - famous for appearances as Kevin after scoring a hit on Britain's Got Talent.
Martin, 38, who lives in Maidenhead married his partner Bruce Reid, 42 at the hotel in Shoppenhangers Road.
Maidenhead's MP, Home Secretary Theresa May, and the Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead, Cllr Richard Kellaway, sent personal letters of congratulation.
Martin said: "We basically took the hotel over for the whole weekend. My partner is Scottish and my family is West Country and we wanted to bring everyone together for one day.
"I suppose we wanted to show that a gay couple can still have a lovely wedding with their family and friends. We even had a Scottish piper."
The couple met while Martin was appearing as Kevin at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. and have made their home in the Royal Borough, where Martin has become the regular star of the Christmas panto at Windsor's Theatre Royal.
Bruce works for a currency broking company in Windsor
Martin is a patron of the Dorney Animal Sanctuary and - as Kevin - helped turn on last year's Maidenhead Christmas lights. He will be a special guest at this Saturday's midsummer fair in Windsor - again as Kevin.
He said: "Kevin is the one they want to see, not me."
Kevin Cruise's days could be numbered, Martin admitted this week.
Actor Martin , who created the zany cruise ship host, said: "I have been an actor for 15 years but it got to the point when I was not getting any work and was having to do bar work instead. So I did a comedy course."
Kevin Cruise was born as a result and Martin found himself in demand in pubs and clubs as the crazy character.
A producer spotted him, an appearance on Britain's Got Talent followed and 'Kevin' became a star.
But Martin also runs his own theatre production company Moon on a Stick from his home, organising comedy tours featuring other performers.
He sees his future increasingly in production.
He said: "I want to be behind the scenes more. I already do the graphic design, posters and videos for the shows."
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