A dad who was given months to live has married his long-term partner in front of his seven children and over 150 guests.

Alan Birch, from the Wirral, who doesn't drink and smoke, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of mouth cancer over a year ago.

The father-of-seven, 37, exchanged vows with his partner Debbie McDonough before being taken for a 30-minute helicopter ride was laid on for them, according to Liverpool Echo.

The couple were greeted by a pair of Laurel and Hardy lookalikes at their reception.

It is understood that those were hired for the weeding offered their services for free.

Alan Birch married his long-term partner Debbie McDonough despite being diagnosed with terminal cancer

Debbie was seen with joyful tears in pictures when Alan held her hands in front of family and friends.

Alan had to sit during the ceremony because the illness has made him so weak.

Joe Hague, who was the photographer at the venue, said: "It was a lovely day. Everyone was upbeat, although it was also sad as Alan was so weak."

Debbie and her seven children

Doctors have told Alan that the cancer is terminal and there is nothing more they can do for him.

The condition has led to 90 per cent of his tongue being removed, and he has had to have skin from his leg grafted on to create a false tongue which allows him to communicate.

After learning the devastating diagnosis, Debbie, who has been Alan's partner for 12 years, said the couple decided to get married.

"The family are over the moon," she said.

A pair of Laurel and Hardy lookalikes were at the wedding reception to entertain the guests

"It was never something we needed to rush into before, but now we do.

"The kids were always asking us when we were going to get married, but the main reason is we don't know how long Alan's got."

Before his diagnosis, Alan worked as a plasterer and lived a healthy and active lifestyle. 

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His partner Debbie said: "It's absolutely shocked me. It hasn't really sunk in yet.

"The doctors believe he only has three to nine months left to live and it's going to be really hard without him.

"We just want to make the rest of his life as comfortable as possible.

"Usually the cancer he has is curable, but he got it in a very aggressive form. Every time they operated, it came back worse."