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Dear MIRIAM: Dad's sidelined on wedding day; A PROBLEM SHARED.

Byline: Dr MIRIAM STOPPARD

Dear Miriam MY mum left me, my dad and sister to be with another man when I was eight.

We were brought up by my dad because mum's boyfriend didn't want children around when they got married.

Financially, it was very tough for Dad but we managed and he always did his best for us, regularly going without himself.

Since we've grown up, my stepdad has accepted us more. I'm polite to him but I would never consider him my real dad. In my eyes, they don't compare.

My sister is getting married next year and my stepdad has agreed to pay for everything if she agrees to leave my dad out of all the arrangements. To my amazement, she has accepted.

My dad couldn't afford the lavish wedding she wants but I know he's always dreamed of walking us both down the aisle and it will break his heart.

How can I make my sister see sense before my dad finds out?

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"I'm giving your daughter away but I haven't left you out - I've arranged for you to sweep up the confetti"
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 21, 2006
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