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It means so much to be Frankie's wife: Terminally ill bride-to-be Samantha Gamble's joy of getting go-ahead to marry

Samantha Gamble and Frankie Byrne will marry on Friday in a special ceremony at their Co Down home after pandemic restrictions were eased. In a moving interview, they tell Leona O'Neill about falling in love and coping with tragedy

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Samantha Gamble (53) and Frankie Byrne (54)

Samantha Gamble (53) and Frankie Byrne (54)

Frankie and Samantha

Frankie and Samantha

Samantha and Frankie on holiday together

Samantha and Frankie on holiday together

Samantha with daughter Jessica

Samantha with daughter Jessica

Frankie and Samantha earlier this week

Frankie and Samantha earlier this week

Samantha Gamble (53) and Frankie Byrne (54)

Terminally ill bride-to-be Samantha Gamble, whose case persuaded authorities in Northern Ireland to allow weddings for people in her circumstances, will on Friday marry her love Frankie Byrne.

Co Down woman Samantha (53), who was diagnosed with terminal cancer last July, and Frankie (54) were set to get married next Friday, but due to coronavirus restrictions the nuptials were cancelled.

However, when Samantha was rushed to hospital gravely ill three weeks ago, her husband-to-be set about moving mountains and getting legislation changed so he could call Samantha his wife.