Hartlepool man renews wedding vows as he battles cancer

Susan and Jimmy Teasdale surrounded by their family for their big day.
Susan and Jimmy Teasdale surrounded by their family for their big day.
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A couple living on borrowed time enjoyed a magical day when they renewed their wedding vows.

Jimmy Teasdale, who has terminal prostate cancer, and wife Susan pledged their love for one another in the same church where they tied the knot 32 years ago.

Susan and Jimmy Teasdale renew their wedding vows.

Susan and Jimmy Teasdale renew their wedding vows.

The ceremony at Owton Manor Baptist Church, last Saturday, was also Susan’s 59th birthday.

The couple decided to renew their vows after getting new wedding rings last year at around the same time Jimmy, 61, was diagnosed with cancer.

Susan said: “I said we would have to get our rings blessed and my son said ‘why not go the whole hog?’ and that’s how it came about.

The couple’s children, Debbie, Neil, Gary, Lorna and Andrew, all clubbed together so to make the special day possible.

Susan and Jimmy renewed their wedding vows on her birthday as he has terminal cancer.

Susan and Jimmy renewed their wedding vows on her birthday as he has terminal cancer.

Susan added: “We had nine bridesmaids, a page boy and two best men. It was a proper ceremony.

“We just wanted something nice and cheerful.”

Jimmy, who had to give up work as a security officer at Cleveland Fire Brigade’s headquarters, is on medication to manage his condition.

But Susan said having lots of family around, including 10 grandchildren, helps keep their minds off his illness and their spirits up.

A photo of Susan and Jimmy’s wedding in June 1983 was projected onto the wall during the service which was led by Reverend Maurice Mathison.

Susan also expressed her thanks to photographer Kevin Stainsby who offered to capture the occasion completely free of charge.

“We are so grateful to him,” she said. “There are not many people who would do something like that.”

The celebrations continued afterwards at the Hillcarter Hotel, in Church Street.

Susan added: “I couldn’t believe how many people turned up. I was scared nobody would turn up but it was absolutely heaving.

“I have had cards off people saying what a lovely day they had and what a lovely family we have for doing it.

“It was really special. I would like to thank everybody who made our day.”