BITTER SWEET: Leyland mum’s perfect gift for Valentine’s Day

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The most romantic day of the year was made even more special for this blushing bride as she tied the knot in a sparkling ceremony.

But Paula Garside’s wedding to Mark Lancaster was bittersweet, as the mother-of-three was told two weeks ago she has just months to live, as the cervical cancer she has battled since 2009 has spread to her organs.

The wedding of Leyland mum Paula Garside, who is suffering from Cancer and has been given just months to live.  A charity arranged for her to have her dream wedding to long-term partner Mark Lancaster on Valentine's Day at Leyland St Ambrose Church.

The wedding of Leyland mum Paula Garside, who is suffering from Cancer and has been given just months to live. A charity arranged for her to have her dream wedding to long-term partner Mark Lancaster on Valentine's Day at Leyland St Ambrose Church.

With help from charity Gift of a Wedding, the couple were able to bring forward their summer wedding, at St Ambrose Church, Leyland, on Saturday afternoon, before a wedding breakfast and party at the town’s Civic Centre.

The brave mother wowed 80 family and friends as she walked down the aisle, following her two flower girls, including the couple’s six-year-old daughter Keira.

Although the service was tinged with sadness as the new Mrs Lancaster admitted the “till death do us part” vow was heart-breaking.

Despite undergoing 18 cycles of chemotherapy and 20 radiotherapy sessions since her initial diagnosis more than five years ago, the cancer has spread to her lungs, liver, chest and elbow.

The newlyweds, of Springfield Road, said their special day was a lovely opportunity to make more memories with the three children, 19-year-old Mark, John, eight, and Keira.