Right on Song for Cancer Mum's Wedding; Group Joins the Big Effort

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Byline: LISA HUTCHINSON

A GROUP of bighearted wedding singers have proved to be a real diamond with cancer bride-tobe Elizabeth Reay. Newcastle-based band Ask Ruby has stepped forward to offer to sing at the reception of Elizabeth, who is getting married before cervical cancer ends her life.

Elizabeth first told of her plight in the Chronicle last month and since then a host of wedding specialists have offered to make her day a fairytale wedding - free of charge.

The 28-year-old is to tie the knot with longtime partner Paul Young, 31, at St Margaret's Church in Scotswood, Newcastle, on June 12.

Last month doctors said the mum-of-two's cervical cancer was so advanced that nothing could be done. Within hours of being told the devastating news she had the church booked.

Already she has been given a wedding dress, cake, chauffeur driven car, the venue decorated, bouquet and a photographer. And pals are organising fundraising events to get enough cash to send her on her honeymoon.

But now velvet-voiced singer Laura Jobson, 25, with band members Catherine Haslam, 34, Don Price, 50, Barry Kimber, 42, and Steve Buxton, 40, are getting ready to set up at the Scotswood Social Club where Elizabeth's family and friends will help celebrate the couple's marriage.

Keyboard player Catherine, of Ryton, Gateshead, said: "I read about Elizabeth in the Chronicle and was so touched by the story.

"It must be devastating to be told that you have cancer and nothing can be done but then Elizabeth decided there and then to get married. …