A mum has lost her brave battle with terminal cancer - just nine weeks after emotionally renewing her wedding vows.
Carol Morby and husband Kevin renewed their vows on September 5 this year, 33 years after they first tied the knot at Middlesbrough Register Office.
Diagnosed with oesophageal cancer in May 2014 and having been told in April this year it was terminal, Carol wasn’t going to let it stop her having the white weddingshe yearned for.
Retired firefighter Kevin used Twitter to share the sad news of Carol’s death, reports the Gazette.
He wrote: “Just before midnight on 08/11 Carol unfortunately lost her fight against cancer. From the bottom of my heart thanks for the support.”
Four days ago, Kevin reflected on his wife’s inspirational courage in facing up to the disease.
He tweeted: “Macmillan nurses and district nurses Middlesbrough, cannot praise them enough.
"Carol is now on her last stretch in what has been a horrendous 18 month for her.
"She battles still and won’t give in, drifting in and out of deep sleeps due to medication and still no complaint.
"So cancer, if you want her, you’re gonna have to go the extra miles. My Carol ain’t budging.”
Sadly, Carol - a mum-of-three and gran-of-four - died peacefully at home in Park End at seven minutes to midnight on Sunday.
Kevin said: “She was always more concerned about her family and friends than herself - she’d always take the hit.
“It’s sad but we all know she’s in a better place. She battled and battled - I don’t know where she got the strength from.”
Kevin said Carol, 54, was a great knitter and baker, adding: “Over the years, there won’t have been many kids in Park End who hadn’t worn something she’d knitted, or had some of her chocolate cake!
"And where she worked at TK Maxx, she was a mother hen to the young girls.
"She was just that sort of woman.”
Kevin, a Middlesbrough councillor for 12 years before stepping down in May to help care for Carol, said his wife’s legendary caring side was evident right until the end.
He said: “She’d tell anyone who’d listen that if they were having any health problems, they had to get themselves checked out - don’t wait until it’s too late.”
And the wedding vow day? “When she was diagnosed, she set herself achievable goals and that was the first.
“And as it worked out, if it hadn’t happened in the week it did, I don’t think we’d have managed it at all. It was meant to be.”
Scaffolders’ labourer Kevin, 58, says Carol died just seven minutes short of achieving another of those goals.
He explained: “I’m pretty sure she heard us whispering that she might struggle to last the weekend, so we think she had midnight on Sunday in her sights, as if to say ‘I made it!’ But she was only seven minutes short, so we’ll give her that one.”
And caring to the last, Carol left Kevin detailed instructions about what happens now - including planning her own funeral to the smallest detail to take the burden off her family.
Kevin said: “In 18 months, she never, ever complained about the tumour. She knew it was there but she didn’t complain about it.
“All she wanted to do was help people.”
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She did incredibly well on Saturday night's Strictly Come Dancing.
So it's no surprise Georgia May Foote looked so relaxed the following day as she stepped out with her handsome man Sean Ward.
The 24-year-old former Coronation Street star was dressed comfortably as she and her beau left their hotel in London.
Flaunting her dancing-honed toned legs, the petite beauty rocked a cosy oversized black sweater - worn as a dress - and little else.
With her legs bare, she donned a pair of funky bright red trainers with a platform sole: despite their potential to be unflattering on her pins, they still looked slim and rather lovely.
The brunette beauty wore her dark locks in funky French plaits, one either side of her head, and she appeared to be going make-up free for the daytime trip across the city in the grim weather.
Sean - whose Corrie character Callum Logan was killed off in the recent special live episode of the soap - rocked a smart-casual look for the day, teaming jeans and a white tee with a tailored grey coat.
Georgia was clearly a fan of her daytime look as she wore the same items in the small hours of Sunday morning as she was seen leaving the studios along with Sean after her stunning performance on Strictly.
She had impressed the judges with her version of a seriously sexy Samba, with her dance partner Giovanni Pernice.
Georgia was sizzling in a thigh-skimming keyhole cutout flamenco dress as she sampled some of Giovanni's Latin heritage.
Last week, Georgia was crowned Queen of Halloween and called it one of the best night's of her life as she shot to the top of the scoreboard.
But on Saturday, the petite brunette was called an incredible dancer, with a second place score of 35/40 perfectly reflecting her impressive dance credentials.
'Tonight you just became a fantastic dancer to a level I've never seen before,' Len Goodman told the former Coronation Street actress.
Similarly thrilled to see the beauty bouncing around to a seriously high tempo song with such technique, Bruno Tonioli told Georgia and Giovanni, they were like 'premiere league dancers.'
It was dubbed 'hot and spicy' like a pizza and had the judges fanning themselves down with all of its sizzling moves.
Sean had been in the audience cheering her on, and his support seems to have paid off as she not only walked away with a brilliant score, but she was revealed to have avoided elimination on Sunday night's results show.
Meanwhile, it appears Georgia and Sean's relationship - which began in April - is going from strength to strength, as they continue to put on loved-up displays and defy the 'Strictly curse', that has seen plenty of established couples split when faced with the intimacy of working with a dance partner day in, day out.
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Floral patterns, lace and other pretty elements stood out at Tokyo Fashion Week for spring-summer 2016, reclaiming centre stage from the strong, mannish styles that had been in vogue for a while.
Held Oct. 12-17, the event highlighted new designs from 50 brands in Japan and from overseas.
Keita Maruyama’s eponymous brand presented garments, including coats, with flowery embroidery at its show. Many items were in pastel colours, adding a romantic touch.
Maruyama’s garments also strongly featured the brand’s trademark Oriental flavour, incorporating Japanese patterns and worn in the show by models sporting kanzashi ornamental hairpins.
“I made my collection feminine with materials created in Japan,” the designer said. Maruyama also said much of his inspiration came from Japanese classical literature.
The mintdesigns brand took gardens as its theme, featuring a dress with lines of pink flowers as well as ones with flower-like motifs constituting of layers of striped and checked fabrics. It was the first time in five years for the popular brand to officially participate in Tokyo Fashion Week.
Elegant dresses with large flower prints by Hanae Mori manuscrit added colour to the brand’s show. Designer Yu Amatsu produced the flower motifs by scanning real flowers with a three-dimensional scanner, saying, “I was able to express three-dimensional patterns with depth.”
The garments were a fusion of cutting-edge technology and the graceful colours typical of Hanae Mori.
Christian Dada made great use of lace with flower patterns for its collection. A long lace skirt in turquoise blue had tucks to give it a wide hem and also look light. The skirt was coordinated with a T-shirt with hydrangea motifs to create a gentle mood, a departure from the brand’s usual style.
DRESSCAMP also used lace, presenting a yellow two-piece outfit of a jacket and skirt. The brand’s show lived up to its theme of sweetness, including a pink frill dress and a dress with small flower patterns.
Many of the new works by the beautiful people brand were light and graceful, including long see-through dresses, pleated skirts and wide pants with bottoms that looked like lace.
Aiming to foster young designers, the latest Tokyo Fashion Week included a show highlighting five individual and group designers who founded their brands in the past few years.
The show was titled Tokyo New Age, and contained innovative, fresh looks, including a black suit reminiscent of a martial arts outfit and a skirt of cut-up leather.
The Ryotamurakami brand presented a short jersey jacket with shorter than usual sleeves, coordinated with pants.
Brand designer Ryota Murakami, 27, said, “I based [my works] on clothes that had been stored in drawers at my parents’ home for a long time.” He appeared happy about the audience’s enthusiastic response.
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