Fourth split for unlucky in love Sue Sangster

Last updated at 07:58 02 July 2007

When it comes to marriage she has had more experience than most women of her age.

But for all the happiness - and wealth - it has brought her, Susan Sangster has suffered her share of sadness, too.

For just 18 months after she wed husband number four in a candlelit ceremony, the statuesque beauty is, at 50, alone again.

She has confided to friends that her marriage to millionaire property developer Stuart Crossley is over.

The couple, who met on a blind date in June 2005, got engaged within weeks and were married just seven months later. I am told father-of-four Crossley, 62, fell head over hills in love with her.

They married in front of their children - his four and her three - in Barbados where Sue has for years kept a fabulous holiday villa. Both wore white.

But, I am told, that despite his wealth, she and Crossley quickly found themselves to be incompatible.

They parted company some weeks ago because, say friends cruelly, they 'did not have the same handwriting'.

Says one old friend: 'It turned out he just wasn't her cup of tea, shall we say.'

Former model Sue, who owns a fourbedroom flat in Belgravia's Eaton Square worth around £6.5million, was first married when she was still in her teens to Kevin Nicholson, whose family founded the Kwik Save supermarket chain.

They subsequently divorced and she went on to wed Peter Lilley, the adopted son of Lilley and Skinner shoes chief Thomas Lilley, by whom she has a W Agent in love

Piodel Agent Daisy gets a new daughter, Melissa, now 26. But then came a romance with Vernon pools heir and racehorse owner, Robert Sangster.

She asked for a quickie divorce from Lilley in 1984 and married Sangster the following year, providing him with two sons.

That marriage, too, ended in divorce - and a £15 million settlement for Sue - but she remained close to Sangster until his death from cancer in 2004.

Speaking from Ibiza last night, conventeducated Sue told me: 'I am not going to comment.' Adds a friend: 'We are all very surprised that they have split up so quickly after marrying.'

Before wedding number four, Sue had romanced handsome Holland-born businessman Johan Beck whom she hoped to marry.

He refused - one of the few millionaires who got away.

Former newsreader Julia Somerville has a different take on the Moira Stuart saga. 'Despite the fuss, I don't believe Moira's situation has got a jot to do with her age,' insists Julia, who was herself 54 when she left ITN six years ago.

'Moira still looks fantastic and is not in the least bit decrepit. I suspect the producers just wanted a change and unfortunately Moira - who doesn't have a news background - would find it difficult to adapt to something else.'

As for her own departure, Miss Somerville, who now heads the government advisory committee on art acquisitions, says she was not pushed.

'I resigned because after nearly 30 years in television I had had enough. I wanted a complete change.' love Sue

Simon finds he is married to work

Married after a long-distance love affair lasting five years, BBC News 24 presenter Simon McCoy is to marry his girlfriend Victoria Graham, the Plymouth-based anchor of BBC South West's nightly news round-up Spotlight.

Appropriately for a former royal reporter, McCoy, 45, met 34- year-old Victoria at a polo match at Smith's Lawn, Windsor.

His fiancee, who has worked in America to work and was once a weather girl, plans to remain in Plymouth after their September wedding.

The couple have been alternating the 215-mile trip between London and the South West and will continue to do so after they marry.

Says Simon, who has a 14-year-old son, Max, from a first marriage: 'With all that travelling it must be true love.

Grizzle, our border terrier, is delighted - and so am I.'

Ban makes Dai fume

The public smoking ban got off to the unlikeliest of starts at Hickstead yesterday where paternal showjumping impresario Douglas Bunn, a heavy smoker himself, declared his box at the All England Jumping Course to be smoke-free.

Not only did Bunn, 79, suppress his own habit, so too did his guests, who included Dame Vera Lynn, society physician Dr Tony Greenburgh and baronet Sir David Llewellyn.

Sir Dai, who is rarely seen without a cigarette, laments: 'It's the end of civilisation as I know it.'

Happily, the clean air meant a first public outing for Bunn's latest grandchild, Lorna - named after Dougie's late wife.

Meanwhile, Lorna's equestrian mother Chloe revealed she will resume her riding career today as she attempts to make the British team for the 2008 Olympics.

Agent Daisy gets a new assignment

Budding model Daisy Lowe is about to learn that revenge is sweet in the fashion world.

For after she was rejected in favour of Kate Moss as the face of Agent Provocateur - prompting her to fume that the supermodel had 'stolen my thunder' - I can reveal that gawky Daisy is being lined up as Miss Moss's replacement at the lingerie brand.

With Kate about to be dropped by the underwear firm next month - amid Agent Daisy whispers that at 33 she is looking tired and gaunt - I understand that 18-year-old Daisy has already completed a fashion shoot for the brand.

The company are being tightlipped about their new model except to hint that she is not a conventional beauty. But for Kate, Daisy's appointment would rub salt in a raw wound.

The supermodel has been on non-speaking terms with Miss Lowe's louche mother Pearl, queen of the hard-partying Primrose Hill set, over her tell-all autobiography. Daisy, meanwhile, is limbering up nicely for a career in what is a fickle profession.

The other day she angered organisers at a celebrity swop shop event by failing to turn up and model for them — despite having been booked weeks in advance.

Instead, they received a lastminute call explaining Daisy could not attend because she wanted to see rock band Queens Of The Stone Age play at the O2 Wireless festival in Hyde Park.

Move over Miss Moss.

Gordon Brown's new advisor on terrorism, Lord Stevens, didn't make much of an impression at Newcastle Races on the first day of his job.

The former Metropolitan Police Commissioner was a guest of building society Northern Rock for an evening meeting, but was refused entry because officials didn't recognise him.

'There was high security, and no one knew who he was,' a racegoer tells me. 'Eventually the chief executive of Northern Rock came down and identified the PM's new expert, and he was allowed in.'


Perhaps it was just as well that Princes William and Harry chose the acts for yesterday's Diana concert rather than their uncle Earl Spencer.

For Charles Spencer told Radio4's Saturday Live show that his favourite song was Benny Hill's PS novelty hit Ernie (The Fastest Milkman In The West). He even admitted once spotting the comic in an airport and rushing up to get his autograph.

Interestingly, fellow Old Etonian David Cameron is also a fan of the tune - having chosen it as one of his Desert Island Discs.

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