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Happy bride marries from hospital bed

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: September 28, 2012

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A NEWQUAY pensioner undergoing cancer treatment decided she couldn't wait any longer to marry her man – and tied the knot from her hospital bed.

In a moving ceremony at Newquay Hospital, Judy Johnson, 76, and Jeff Thompson, 74, exchanged vows and rings as the bride lay in her plum wedding outfit.

Surrounded by family, friends and hospital staff, the happy couple were married in the female ward by Andrew Mitchell, pastor at Newquay's United Reformed Church.

Speaking to the Cornish Guardian, Judy said it was "wonderful" to be married to Jeff.

"I am very happy. It has been lovely; a beautiful day," she said.

"Thank you to everyone and the nurses who have been great. I could not have done any of it without them. I am very tired now."

Jeff, who said Judy was "the loveliest person he had ever met", had proposed to her in her hospital room only a week earlier.

"I only decided last week," he said. "I thought it was a good thing to get married. I thought, just in case anything goes wrong, we need to get that ring on her finger.

"We are both Christian, she wants it to be right with God. She is very happy.

"She is a very loving and a very generous person and she is always willing to help anybody.

"She has spent some years helping out at the United Reformed Church's soup kitchen.

"I could not have met anybody more lovely."

The newly-weds first met 25 years ago at an American square dance club in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, when they were dance partners.

Around three months later, Judy moved from her home in St Ives and into Jeff's home in Sutton.

The happy couple of Bedowan Meadows, moved to Newquay ten years ago to be closer to Judy's son, David Johnson, who lives in St Columb Minor.

Judy, who was previously a widow, was diagnosed with cancer on December 28 of last year.

Judy's granddaughter Louise, 28, of St Austell, said her nan "has always been the head of the family".

"It has been a wonderful day and has made her very happy," she said.

"The staff could not have been more helpful; they have been fantastic.

"She is very talkative, very generous and very family orientated. She has always been there for us, we love her very much."

Judy's son, David, 51, said: "It has been quite an experience but it was what they both wanted and it has made her happy."

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