Biker gears up for married life to star

Katie Melua and James Toseland on their wedding day
Katie Melua and James Toseland on their wedding day
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FORMER World Superbike champion James Toseland is on the road to happiness following his wedding to singer Katie Melua.

The biker, who was brought up in Kiveton Park, met his wife at one of her concerts in Sheffield.

The pair announced their engagement at the beginning of the year before tying the knot at Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, west London, on Saturday.

Among the 200 guests was Prince Pieter-Christiaan Michiel of the Netherlands, music producer William Orbit and composer Mike Batt, along with many of Toseland’s friends from motorsport.

Singer Melua, who shot to stardom as a teenager with her debut single The Closest Thing To Crazy, wore an off-white, embroidered and beaded dress by bridal designer Claire Pettibone.

Georgian-born Melua, aged 27, found fame after being discovered in 2002 while a student at the Brit School for Performing Arts, which also counts Adele and Amy Winehouse among its former pupils.

She has gone on to become one of the biggest-selling British female artists of all time, having performed in front of The Queen and Nelson Mandela.

Following their marriage the couple turned to Twitter to share the news with their fans.

Toseland, aged 31, who retired last year through injury and is now a pianist, Tweeted: “Sorry I couldn’t say much before - trying to keep things secret but yesterday I got married to my beautiful wife Katie.”

Melua said: “Big thank you for all your messages! I’m hitched!!”

Toseland used to play piano with the band Crash, but is now embarking on a solo career, with his first single due for release next year.

He won two World Superbike Championships in 2004 and 2007, before retiring when a wrist he broke in a crash while testing a bike in Spain would not completely mend.