I don’t usually bother with Mail Online because it’s institutionally useless. But here’s a particularly glaring example of its ineptitude.

Heartbreaking moment weeping bride marries cancer-stricken fiancé who has just months to live in emotional service in front of his seven children

This is the moment a bride was reduced to tears as she married her terminally ill partner of 12 years who was told he has just months left to live.   

Alan Birch, 37, was told he had three to nine months after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of mouth cancer more than a year ago.   

The clean-living father from the Wirral, who does not smoke or drink, exchanged vows with Debbie McDonough in an emotional service in front of more than 150 people.

The bride stood proudly beside Mr Birch’s seven children and the newlyweds posed with Laurel and Hardy lookalikes, at Christ Church in Moreton, Dorset. 

The loved-up couple were then taken to Leasowe Castle hotel where a 30-minute helicopter ride was laid on for them.

And so on  . . .


February 22, 2020


You’d think even the idiots at Mail Online would take care to get things right with something so sensitive. But no.

The couple were married at Christ Church, Moreton, Wirral. But Mail Online has given the location as Moreton, Dorset – 300 miles away. The only explanation for such a ridiculous error is that some reporter or sub has looked up ‘Moreton’ and banged in the first Moreton he saw.

Yet all they had to do was read the copy and see that the reception was held at Leasowe Castle, which is in Moreton, Wirral. If the sub did not know where Leasowe Castle was, he or she should have checked it. Or that the poor bridegroom comes from Wirral – why would a dying man from Wirral travel to Dorset to get married?

The mistake has been pointed out on the Comments section below the story, but remains uncorrected after at least 24 hours. Several other news websites have picked up the story and repeated the error.

Incidentally, I feel the expression ‘loved-up’ is quite inappropriate in a story of this nature.

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