Groom takes vows from hospital bed

Paul Stone and his bride Judith Johnson on their wedding day at Clifton Hospital
Paul Stone and his bride Judith Johnson on their wedding day at Clifton Hospital
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It was the wedding Paul Stone and Judith Johnson feared would never happen.

The couple, of Squires Gate, had always planned to get married, but their wedding was put on hold when Paul, 48, fell ill 18 months ago.

Doctors diagnosed him with terminal brain tumours.

Now, after two operations, he has been left paralysed in his legs.

He hoped to be discharged after 16 weeks at Clifton Hospital in St Annes in time for Christmas, when the couple were due to marry.

With no house available which meets his needs, Paul is still in hospital and the couple were forced to abandon their plans again.

But on Thursday afternoon, Judith received a call from Paul’s mother, Janet Dawson, telling her they would be married on the hospital ward the following day.

The new Mrs Stone, who has been with Paul for nine years, said: “It was a happy day for us.

“It was all really exciting, but it happened so quickly. Paul really enjoyed himself.”

The ceremony took place in the day room on Ward 4, which had been decorated by Paul’s family and hospital staff, who even laid on an evening buffet and a wedding chocolate gateau.

Janet, of Tarnway Avenue, Cleveleys, said: “It was one of Paul’s last wishes and we are so happy that we are able to give it to him with the help of the hospital.”

Paul’s family travelled from as far away as Bristol, Stockport and Hull to help celebrate the wedding, including his professional musician cousin Darren, who provided the music for the service.

Now Judith, 45, who works at St Annes Old Links Golf Club, and Janet are desperately trying to find a home for the newly married couple to move to.

Janet added: “Paul just wants to go home and be with Judith for the time he has left. It’s heartbreaking that we are not able to grant that wish.”