WHEN a man has evaded marriage until the age of 75, he has probably earned the right to wear pyjama bottoms on his wedding day.
And that is precisely how Michael Winner will be attired when he finally ends his long bachelordom today.
After an on-off courtship lasting 50 years, Mr Winner was due to tie the knot this afternoon with Geraldine Lynton-Edwards (70) a dancer he met when she auditioned for his debut film in 1957.
Aged 16, Miss Lynton-Edwards had a role in his short film The Square, which was released that year.
Michael Caine and his wife Shakira will be witnesses to the nuptials. But they needn't dress up. "I shall be wearing pyjama bottoms," Winner revealed.
"They are handmade pyjama bottoms by Turnbull & Asser and they are very comfortable. They do actually look like nice tartan trousers.
"It's true that not many people get married in pyjama bottoms but then not many wait 50 years to get married.
Winner wants the entire event wrapped up as swiftly as possible.
He said: "There won't be dancing or speeches. We've chosen the shortest possible wedding version. I think we can cut it down to four minutes. Michael [Caine, again] wants to get home to Surrey. I want it to pass charmingly and sweetly."
There will be a little food. "I bought the cake. We'll be having that beef dish that comes in strips with rice. What do you call it?"
Winner, who credits Geraldine with nursing him back to health from a life-threatening illness, said he had no last-minute doubts.
Instead of inviting 200 wedding guests, the Winners attended a luncheon yesterday with "the people that really matter in my life -- David Frost, Lord Lloyd-Webber, the photographer Terry O'Neill and the singer Chris Rea".
Winner has sold exclusive rights to the wedding to Hello! magazine and will give the proceeds to the Police Memorial Trust. The couple will honeymoon on the Italian Riviera.