After Mail Order Misery, Groom Goes Fourth to Find Happiness; RETIRED GAS CHIEF WEDS WIDOW 40 YEARS YOUNGER - AND TALKS OF A FAMILY

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Byline: RICHARD PRICE

HIS union with a mail order bride from Thailand may have ended in acrimony after just six days but wealthy former Northern Gas chairman Brian Clegg has not lost faith in the institution of marriage.

Yesterday, at the age of 79, the sprightly grandfather tied the knot again, with his new love, Ugandan-born widow Christine Lawino - and said having children wasn't out of the question.

He blamed 23-year-old waitress Banjit Sawaengdee for the break-up of their marriage two years ago, accusing her of demanding money. She said he was mean and made 'excessive' sexual demands.

But all that was consigned to the history books at Poole register office in Dorset as he proudly posed for photographs with the fourth Mrs Clegg.

He met her after she spotted him on a television chat show 20 months ago.

The new Mrs Clegg, a 39-year-old former air hostess with three teenage daughters, had been single since her first husband died in a car crash seven years ago.

She sent Mr Clegg a bouquet of silk flowers and a photograph of herself, asking if she could visit him on Valentine's Day. Now she has swopped her council house in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, for his [pounds sterling]300,000 penthouse overlooking Poole harbour.

As the couple emerged from the ceremony with family and close friends, Mr Clegg joked: 'I hope it will be fourth time lucky for me. Maybe I'll wait for the next bride to arrive.

'It's a very happy day. I've got backache but what do you expect at my time of life?

'It was a nice quiet ceremony.

Neither of us wanted any fuss this time round. We'll spend a few days relaxing at home before making plans for a honeymoon. …