A cancer victim who has just weeks to live has married his partner in a hospital ceremony which was arranged in a few hours.
Brian Lockwood, 77, who has liver cancer, wed Sandra Anderson at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, watched by tearful family, friends and nurses.
The wedding had been due to take place at the couple’s home but when Brian took a turn for the worse it was hastily brought forward and held in Ward One at the hospital with the registrar in attendance.
The hospital’s catering staff provided a wedding cake and finger buffet at short notice.
Sandra, 75, said: “It has been such an emotional day and I never expected for one minute that the staff would be able to arrange all the food and the wedding cake in an hour. It’s lovely.”
The couple have been together 15 years after meeting in a Morrisons supermarket when Brian asked Sandra out for a drink.
They live in Shepley where Brian was a painter and decorator before retiring. Sandra’s first husband died 30 years ago and Brian lost his first wife to cancer.
Sandra’s daughter Michele Peace said Brian had kept himself fit and the first sign of his illness came when he returned from a holiday in March.
“He came home and said he didn’t feel well, and after a number of tests he was diagnosed with liver cancer,” she said. “He is very poorly at the moment, which is awful to see. The wedding was brilliant, but it has taken it out of him.”
Brian had proposed last week and Michele was on her way to the hospital for a routine visit when she received a call from her mum.
“She said I had to get there quick as she was getting married within an hour and wanted me there.
“They had been due to get married at home, but he was in hospital and took a turn for the worse and they decided to have the marriage there and then.
“All the nurses were there watching and everyone was in tears. Mum was very emotional. She has had a lot to come to terms with, but wanted to get married.
“Brian was in bed with my mum at his side. It was a wonderful day for both of them and the hospital staff were absolutely brilliant. I can’t believe they managed to sort it out so quickly.
“They did the catering, drinks and flowers. It all happened so fast.”
Head of catering Andrew Donegan said: “We were just grateful for getting the opportunity to be able to play a part in being wedding planners.
“It was nice to see the buzz around the ward that has been generated with the wedding of Mr and Mrs Lockwood.”