Registrars wear PPE as they use emergency powers to marry couple and grant terminally ill groom’s dying wish – The Sun

REGISTRARS wore face masks as they used emergency powers to marry a couple and grant the groom's dying wish.

Desmond Codona, 59, told his three kids he wanted to marry their mum and his long-term partner Christine Meaney, 60, before he passed away after cancer docs said he had just weeks to live.

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Eldest daughter Suzi contacted Middlesbrough’s Principal Registrar Dawn Galloway to see if she could arrange a wedding despite the current restrictions.

Weddings are currently suspended due to Coronavirus but emergency ceremonies can be conducted in exceptional circumstances.

Following a risk assessment, it was decided the emergency powers could be used to make the couple's dream come true.

Two days later Dawn and Deputy Principal Registrar Sarah Teece attended the couple’s home in Hemlington, Teesside, in full personal protective equipment to marry the couple.

Christine, 60, said: "They were absolutely exceptional. They put their lives on the line to do something really good and kind. We are over the moon that they could do it.

"Des has always wanted us to be married but the time has never been right.

“We are both on cloud nine. Des is absolutely buzzing it has really given him a lift. It has really picked him up and that has made me feel a lot better. It's given him a real boost."

Des added: "It's the best thing I've ever done.”

Principal Registrar Dawn said: "They are a lovely couple and we are really pleased that we were able to grant this wish and make it happen for them."


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