Joy for Terri after the heartbreak

GALLERY WHAT a day of joy!And Paul Calvesbert and Nicky Lowry's wedding wasn't just the best day of their lives, but of brave burns victim Terri Calvesbert's too.

WHAT a day of joy!

And Paul Calvesbert and Nicky Lowry's wedding wasn't just the best day of their lives, but of brave burns victim Terri Calvesbert's too.

The 11-year-old looked radiant as she walked up the aisle at Brightlingsea's All Saints Church on Saturday.

Terri, who suffered burns to 85 per cent of her body when a fire ripped through her home almost ten years ago, said she was delighted to have gained a loving mum.

“It is a really special day and it is nice they have millions of people who care about them,” she said.

“I feel really happy!”

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Nicky, 40, who met Paul on an internet dating website around four years ago, added: “It really was the best day of my life. It was so fabulous but it was over in a flash.

“I welled up during the speeches because I wanted Terri to know how special she is to me. She has been so accepting of me and I love her so much.”

And doting dad Paul, 35, said: “The day went superbly. I am very happy. Terri loved it. She's over the moon.

“For her it is a bit of stability because she knows Nicky isn't going anywhere.”

The Paul and Nicky, of Shakespeare Road in Ipswich, were married by the Revered Peter Baldwin at 3.30pm and then celebrated with 115 family and friends afterwards with a BBQ.

The bride, wearing a champagne dress, came into the church to Charpentier's Te Deum, followed by her bridesmaids, Terri, and her sister Trina, and the flowergirls, Trina's daughter Monnie Lowry-White, and Paul's niece, Chloe Calvesbert.

The congregation later sung three hymns, At the Name of Jesus, Lord of the Dance and Jerusalem before the newlyweds left the church to Mendelssohn's Wedding March.

They will now enjoy a honeymoon in Scotland before returning home and starting life as a family of three.

Would you like to send a message of congratulations to Paul and Nicky? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.

Terri Calvesbert

Terri Calvesbert, now aged 11, was asleep in her home in Ipswich in November 1998 when flames swept through her bedroom

She was rescued by firefighters, but suffered burns to 85 per cent of her body

It was touch and go whether she would live - adults with such injuries would not have survived - but the tiny tot fought for her life and won

Doctors at Broomfield Hospital's specialist burns unit in Chelmsford have performed a host of skin grafts and other operations on her over the years

Terri's own mum walked out on the family shortly after the fire and Paul brought Terri up on his own

The Evening Star has followed Terri's progress since the fire and has set up a fund which has raised more than £350,000 for her future needs

Donations can be sent to The Terri Calvesbert Appeal, Michelle Dorrell, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, Suffolk IP4 1AN

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