Love conquers a tragic story

Diane Swanwick, who is suffering from cancer, wed Dean Wheatcroft after 30 years of love.
Diane Swanwick, who is suffering from cancer, wed Dean Wheatcroft after 30 years of love.
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It wasn’t the church service she had originally planned.

But Diane Swanwick finally married her partner of close to 30 years in an emotional service at Blackpool Victoria Hospital’s chapel yesterday.

Diane, 45, who has incurable cancer, married Dean Wheatcroft, 47, as more than 30 family and friends looked on.

The moving service was brought forward after Diane’s condition suddenly worsened.

Doctors operated on her several weeks ago to remove fluid from around her heart, but after feeling unwell following the surgery, she had to return to hospital for a second operation.

It was then that doctors realised her condition was incurable.

Husband Dean, who describes Diane as “the love of his life”, said: “She had an operation around a month ago after fluid spread around her heart.

“She was in hospital for three weeks and had been out for a week but began to feel unwell. They found the fluid had returned and had to drain around a litre from near her heart.

“We decided to get married last week, so she enjoyed a ‘hen-do’ with her friends on Wednesday. We wanted to hold the wedding at the hospital as she is too sick to travel far from the ward.”

The pair, of Boardman Avenue, South Shore, have two children, Oliver, 22 and Nadine, 13.

Diane, an administration worker for Tesco, said the pair would spend as much time together as possible, adding: “He is such a lovely caring man. I’m glad he finally got round to it – 30 years is a long time to wait!”

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Reverend praises a ‘wonderful couple’

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Rev Graeme Morrison, who organised the service, said of Dean and Diane: “In the time I have come to know you in these last few weeks, I have grown to know a wonderful and caring couple.”

Quoting the film Love Actually, Rev Morrison added: “Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport.

“General opinion’s starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don’t see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere – and it is today.”

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