A DYING man has married the love of his life during an emotional ceremony at the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice in Glasgow.

Robert Dobbs, 48, and his partner of 16 years Andy Dickson became the first couple to tie the knot at the Dumbreck centre in Bellahouston Park.

Having proposed only one week previously, the event was made possible after work from their families, hospice staff as well as the generosity of local businesses and members of the public.

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Kilts and bridesmaid dresses were donated by Kilts 4 U in Hillington.

Following the ceremony and reception within the hospice, guests were invited to an evening celebration donated by House For An Art Lover.

Robert and Andy prepared for their big day in their en-suite room at the centre after getting their hair done and facials in the building’s purpose-built salon.

Both wore a striking purple tartan and Leo, their dog and ring bearer, had his own tartan bowtie.

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Andy said: “We have been completely bowled over by everyone’s generosity but we are so grateful.

“We’d like to thank everyone for helping and donating to make our wedding such a perfect day for us both.”

In 2014, Robert was diagnosed with cancer, but with treatment it managed to go into remission. However, he found out recently the disease had returned and is now terminal.

With his health failing he was admitted to the hospice this month.

Speaking ahead of the big day, Robert said he “wouldn’t choose to have my wedding anywhere else but here at the hospice”, adding it feels like a “five star hotel”.

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Rhona Baillie, chief executive of The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice, said: “We are thrilled to be able to host Andy and Robert’s special day here in the hospice.

“We are delighted the stunning building and grounds are the backdrop for such a beautiful occasion.

“I am so proud of our staff. They have been with Robert and Andy on every step of this journey.

“We really don’t just care for people’s health here, we care about the whole person.”