The Yorkshire Vet star Peter Wright took future wife to abattoir on bizarre first date

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Peter Wright met his wife Lin in 1984, and their first date was one that she’ll never forget. The star of Channel 5’s Yorkshire Vet took her to an abattoir and the experience still remains imprinted in her mind, despite having been married for 38 years.

I waited for him outside. It didn’t get much better as it went on, really

Lin Wright

In a new interview, Lin recalled the instant spark they both felt when they first met, that saw them move in together just six weeks later.

“We met at a joint work do, where my dentist’s office mixed with the local vet’s on the same street,” she smiled, prior to his TV days.

“There was a spark straight away but, oddly for our first date, he took me to an abattoir.

“An old cow who couldn’t be used for meat was being slaughtered. Peter wanted to observe and work out what was wrong with the cow.”

She admitted: “I waited for him outside. It didn’t get much better as it went on, really!”

But it soon came to Lin’s attention that they weren’t alone in their relationship.

Following the birth of he couple’s first child Emily, Peter confessed that his work also took precedence, in their marriage.

Recalling her labour, Lin said: “I had never been into hospital for anything, so I was a little bit concerned about having the caesarean, not to mention then having a baby!

“But he kept popping off to check on two cows that he’d seen that morning. It was then that he admitted it – he had two wives. Me, and his work.”

The pair also went on to have a son, Andrew.

Luckily, Lin is an animal lover too, although she admitted it was a “complete nightmare” when Peter was called out at all hours of the night to attend to a poorly animal.

“He worked most days and weekends,” she explained, “We had a very sporty son who swam at a high level. He had to be taken all over the country for galas and it was tricky if neither of us could go.

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“It was a complete nightmare when there was only one person to do it. Not to mention that I had to work and take the out-of-hours surgery calls.

“Whoever called from Saturday until Monday morning while the receptionist was off, I had the phone. Our lives were absolutely ruled by work.”

As many can imagine, being a vet isn’t a 9-5 job and with Peter being at the centre of a rural farming community, he’s always first on hand to treat the livestock.

Lin sighed as she admitted they have missed many celebrations due to his work commitments, but she described his enthusiasm and passion for his job as “admirable”.

“Christmas Day was always a bit tricky to navigate,’ she went on to tell The Mirror.

“Peter used to let the younger vets who weren’t married go home to their families so it was him who would work.

“It was a problem because when the children were smaller and they’d start opening presents, a call would come in and he very urgently had to go, they used to have to put the unwrapping on hold until he got back!”

She added: “There’s been many a wedding where Peter has worked in the morning and we’ve practically had to elbow the bride out of the way to get into the church before her! We’ve missed many a celebration.

“People don’t realise how families are affected. But it is admirable to do that kind of job.”

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