These are the heart-breaking scenes as a couple got hitched in a hastily-arranged wedding ceremony after learning their eight-year-old son has just four weeks to live.

Hannah Colishaw, 33, and Henry Matthews, 30, had planned to get hitched next summer with sons Brandon, 12, Ethan, eight, and Jack, four, in attendance.

However the couple were forced to move their wedding forward when they got the devastating news last week that Ethan had just a month to live.

Doctors told them that a deadly brain tumour that Ethan had previously been successfully treated for had returned and spread to his spine.

Henry Matthews with Hannah Colishaw decided to tie the knot earlier than planned

The couple from Stotfold, Herts, were told that football-fan Ethan had just for weeks to live.

So with the help of family of friends the couple quickly arranged their nuptials so that Ethan could take part in the big day and would be in their precious wedding pictures.

The couple got married in St Mary's Church , Stotfold, in an emotion-packed ceremony on Wednesday afternoon

Ethan, wearing a smart waistcoat, was centre stage as the couple exchanged their vows.

He sat in a wheelchair with a Man Utd FC pillow for comfort during the ceremony.

He later posed for photographs with his parents and other family members both inside and outside the church.

Hannah, who works as a part-time dinner lady, added: "The whole community have come together and we've been inundated with offers from everyone.

"My work colleague has been incredible and organised so much.

"Ethan woke me up in the middle of [Tuesday] night saying 'you're getting married tomorrow!'

"He's been so excited.

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"It's been amazing."

Mr Matthews, a landscape gardener, said: "We were supposed to get married sometime in the summer next year, but after the news last Tuesday, we obviously had to bring it forward.

"We saw the vicar the day after the news at the hospital and he's been great.

"I think one of the hardest aspects to sort out was a wedding license but he managed to pull it off in just a week.

"There's two women who have just been brilliant and organised everything.

"I don't think thank you will ever be enough."

Ethan, who is Hannah's son from a previous relationship, was first diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2016 .

Following an operation and chemotherapy he was given the all clear in January 2017.

Henry added: "We were told initially that he had a virus but Hannah kept pushing and a scan showed that there was a mass on his head and bits in his spine.

"He had surgery on his head and chemo for all of it.

Hannah Colishaw and Henry Matthews had originally planned to get married next summer

"It got rid of it all and he even rung the bell to say he got the all clear."

But in January last year the couple were given the devastating blow that the cancer had returned and was in his head and spine.

Henry, 30, said: "A year to the day we had another scan to show that it was back."

Ethan had radiotherapy and an operation to remove 96 per cent of the cancer from his spine but last week they received the news that the cancer is terminal and that Ethan has four weeks left to live.

Hannah added: "We sort of knew anyway because he was getting worse but it's still a shock.

"He deteriorated so quickly within three months. I think he knows."