Laura Doherty gets married today in Derry

He's 'popped' the question - and today Derry woman Laura Doherty will marry her childhood sweetheart Kevin Keogh.

The couple will tie the knot at St Eugene’s Cathedral this afternoon at 1 p.m..

Laura and Kevin have been dating for eight years, and during Laura’s appearance on ‘Pop Idol’ in 2002 when she made it to the final ten, she often talked about her boyfriend the welder.

The Derry girl famously gave up the chance of becoming a pop star in London saying it was just too hard for her to leave Derry.

Her mother Annis told the ‘Journal’ last night that her daughter had never regretted her decision to stay in Derry.

Laura has gone on to teach her own hip hop dance class in the Millennium Forum and is preparing to start her PGCE.

Annis added that more than 200 people had been invited to the wedding and they were looking forward to having a great day.

However there will be no surprise appearances from Will Young or Gareth Gates who also appeared on ‘Pop Idol’ with Laura, but she has received text messages from her fellow contestant Zoe Birkett who she’s kept in touch with.

Laura and Kevin will live in Derry.