Lincolnshire

New wedding date for broken neck fireman James Thorpe

James Thorpe and Michaela Watson Image copyright Michaela Watson
Image caption James Thorpe and fiancée Michaela Watson now plan to marry on 14 July 2017 - a year later than planned

A couple who were forced to cancel their wedding after the groom was paralysed in a freak stag-do accident in Majorca have set a new date.

James Thorpe, 28, broke his neck after falling while in the sea in Magaluf in June, ahead of his wedding to fiancée Michaela Watson.

He was left paralysed from the chest down and is currently receiving specialist treatment in Sheffield.

The couple, from Boston, Lincolnshire, now plan to marry on 14 July.

Image copyright Michaela Watson
Image caption James works as a firefighter in Kings Lynn, Norfolk

Ms Watson said the couple wanted to keep everything the same.

"Myself and James didn't want to change anything - we wanted it to be the exact same day, same venue and same photographer."

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The firefighter, who is expected to come home from hospital in the next few weeks, said he is making good progress, and the new wedding date has given him a target to aim at.

"I've got a lot of rehab to do when I get out of hospital, and hopefully that will do the trick," he said.

"If I'm not walking, I would like to be at least standing at the altar.

"We will eventually get the wedding we've been hoping for."

Image copyright Michaela Watson
Image caption James proposed to Michaela while the pair holidayed at Disney World in Florida

He said his friends, family and Michaela had been amazing in helping him to come to terms with what happened.

"I think back to it and I'm so lucky - I was very close to not being here," he added.

"I had a good group of friends with me who managed to get me out of the water safely without doing anymore damage.

"My aim is to make a full recovery, but I know in the back of my mind it might not be possible, but you've got to set your targets high."

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