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'It's not going to be in Italy anymore!' Anthea Turner's wedding to Mark Armstrong is BACK on track


Anthea Turner has assured that her wedding to fiancé Mark Armstrong is back on track, after they were forced to cancel it due to Covid restrictions and the death of his mother, for reasons that have not been explained.

The presenter, 61, in her first TV appearance since an eye injury left her ‘moments from going blind’ revealed that her big day with the businessman, 56, will be taking place in the UK, after they previously planning to jet to Italy.

Speaking on Friday’s Loose Women, she explained: ‘We had a plan that got messed up because of Covid and sadly Mark’s mum passed away before Christmas so we were going to Italy but now we’re doing it in the UK and we’re working on it.’

Hooray! Anthea Turner has assured that her wedding to fiancé Mark Armstrong is back on track, after they were forced to cancel it due to Covid restrictions and the death of his mother, for reasons that have not been explained

Hooray! Anthea Turner has assured that her wedding to fiancé Mark Armstrong is back on track, after they were forced to cancel it due to Covid restrictions and the death of his mother, for reasons that have not been explained

Set to appear in E4’s The Real Dirty Dancing, the panel even joked that the former Blue Peter star would be putting her newly-learned moves to use on her other half.

The TV personality also recalled being ‘moments away from going blind’ following an accident at a hotel which damaged her retina during her time on the lunchtime show.

She said: ‘I ripped, I damaged my retina but I didn’t realise I had. I got on with my week, I went to book signings, Chelsea Flower Show, Dirty Dancing.

‘I pulled a really heavy blind down which ricocheted down and hit me straight in the eye. It felt like a golf ball. I thought, “Oh that really does hurt,” but it wasn’t even bloodshot, there was no blood eye.

Loved up: The TV presenter, 61, revealed that her big day with the businessman, 56, will be taking place in the UK now, after they had previously planned to jet off to Italy, during an appearance on Friday's Loose Women

Loved up: The TV presenter, 61, revealed that her big day with the businessman, 56, will be taking place in the UK now, after they had previously planned to jet off to Italy, during an appearance on Friday’s Loose Women

‘I was worried because I was filming, and I thought I was going to have to let everyone down. Then I saw strobey things in my eye and it’s only because I’ve had laser surgery before that I thought I would check.

‘They freeze it in the operation. When I went in, they put me in the machine and they said, “We have a surgeron going in. You’re not going home.”‘

Urging her Instagram followers not to disregard their wellbeing in such incidents, on Tuesday the star shared pictures of herself at the hospital and wrote: ‘Just posting these now because I want to keep you safe.

Exciting: She explained: 'We had a plan that got messed up because of Covid and sadly Mark's mum passed away before Christmas so we were going to Italy but now we’re doing it in the UK and we're working on it'

Exciting: She explained: ‘We had a plan that got messed up because of Covid and sadly Mark’s mum passed away before Christmas so we were going to Italy but now we’re doing it in the UK and we’re working on it’

Hilarious: Set to appear in E4's The Real Dirty Dancing, the panel even joked that the former Blue Peter star would be putting her newly-learned moves to use on her other half

Hilarious: Set to appear in E4’s The Real Dirty Dancing, the panel even joked that the former Blue Peter star would be putting her newly-learned moves to use on her other half

Wow! The TV personality also recalled being moments away from going blind' following an accident at a hotel which damaged her retina during her time on the lunchtime show

Wow! The TV personality also recalled being moments away from going blind’ following an accident at a hotel which damaged her retina during her time on the lunchtime show

‘You might have seen in the press two weeks ago a story I told of a near fatal accident I had with my left eye, but because there were no outside visible signs I did the classic thing which is, think it’ll all go away.

‘But what I didn’t realise is I’d actually due to the impact of a pull down blind cord smacking me square in the eye made a tear in my retina and came frighteningly close to retinal detachment which results in permanent blindness…

‘If you sustain ANY injury to your eye go and get it checked out immediately, I did after a week then was literally rushed into an operating room and due to the expertise of vitreoretinal surgeon Chien Wong at @ocl_vision I live to fight another day.

Scary: She said: 'I ripped, I damaged my retina but I didn’t realise I had. I got on with my week, I went to book signings, Chelsea Flower Show, Dirty Dancing

Scary: She said: ‘I ripped, I damaged my retina but I didn’t realise I had. I got on with my week, I went to book signings, Chelsea Flower Show, Dirty Dancing

‘I will always be in debt to him and @alimearza because what could have happened would have changed my life and it frightens the hell out of me when I think about it, which I now try not to.’

Speaking to The Mirror earlier this month, Anthea confessed: ‘The specialist told me I was moments away from going blind and that was really scary.’

Anthea explained she was staying in a large country hotel during filming for a TV series, and after opening her curtains, accidentally hit herself in the eye with a toggle at the end of the cord.

She said: ‘I recoiled in pain for a moment. Instantly, there was a dull ache in my eyeball and because I was filming that day, my first thought was to check for visible damage to my face.

Touch and go: Urging her Instagram followers not to disregard their wellbeing in such incidents, on Tuesday the star shared pictures of herself at the hospital

Touch and go: Urging her Instagram followers not to disregard their wellbeing in such incidents, on Tuesday the star shared pictures of herself at the hospital

‘My eyeball was aching, so when I looked in the mirror I was expecting to see it was bloodshot, or some redness but my eye looked totally fine.’

While she originally thought her eye seemed ‘fine’ following the injury, several hours later she noted red spots appearing in her vision.

After two days, Anthea realised her eyes hadn’t improved, and sought help from eye surgeon Dr Ali Mearza, who had performed laser surgery on her several months earlier.

Following several scans, it was revealed that she had sustained a tear to her left retina – the light-sensitive layer of tissue at the back of the eye.

Close call: After undergoing surgery on her left eye, Anthea used steroid drops and daily eye washes to help the healing process (pictured after another accident involving her eye)

Close call: After undergoing surgery on her left eye, Anthea used steroid drops and daily eye washes to help the healing process (pictured after another accident involving her eye)

The retina, had come dangerously close to detaching, which can cause blindness.

After undergoing surgery on her left eye, Anthea used steroid drops and daily eye washes to help the healing process.

The screen star, believes they are ‘improving’ and dollowing the revelations about her injury, shielded her eyes with oversized sunglasses.

In 2020, Anthea and Mark spoke to HELLO! about their engagement, which took place in 2019, and impending wedding.

Describing her Italian partner as ‘the love of her life’, Anthea said: ‘We adore each other he makes me smile every day and we are excited about our life together.’

Mark proposed to his fiancée at whirlwind speed just two months after their first date. 

The TV veteran was previously married to ex-husband Grant Bovey for 13 years, but the couple split after he cheated on her with a woman half her age in 2013.

Anthea’s first marriage was to her manager, former DJ Peter Powell, in 1990, with the couple splitting up eight years later.

What is retinal detachment?

A detached retina is when the layer at the back of the eye becomes loose or detached and can cause blindness.  

It’s usually caused by changes to the jelly inside your eye, which typically happens through ageing, but is also more likely to happen to those who are short-sighted, or have recently suffered an eye injury.  

Sufferers are usually referred to hospital for surgery, where the retina can be re-attached through various different methods, including replacing the jelly inside the eye (vitrectomy), or attaching a small band around your eye to push the wall of your eye and retina closer together (scleral buckling).

Symptoms of retinal detachment include blurry vision, the appearance of dots and lines or flashes of lights in your vision, or a dark curtain or ‘shadow’ in your vision.

Recovery time usually takes two to six weeks, and during that period patients can suffer from blurry vision or sore eyes. 

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