Diamond couple are tied to town’s history

Derek and Eve Gladman pictured in the present day, above, and on their wedding day, below
Derek and Eve Gladman pictured in the present day, above, and on their wedding day, below
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A former mayor and mayoress of Stamford will celebrate 60 happy years of marriage together with friends and family next week.

Derek and Eve Gladman, of Lincoln Road, were married in St John the Baptist Church, Stamford on July 19, 1953.

Derek and Eve Gladman at their wedding in July 1953

Derek and Eve Gladman at their wedding in July 1953

The happy couple are looking forward to a small party with close friends and family on Saturday next week to celebrate their achievement.

Derek, 83, said there was a simple secret to 60 years of happy marriage.

He added: “It’s all about give and take. We are very complementary.

“We enjoy life to the full as much as we can.”

The couple will celebrate their achievement with their three sons Howard, Martyn and Steven.

They will also look forward to seeing their three granddaughters and five great grandchildren.

Derek met his bride-to-be while on a six-week work placement at RAF Wittering and the couple have been a 
big part of Stamford ever since.

They were mayor and mayoress in 1978 and Derek has been president of the town’s Royal British Legion branch.

Derek first became a borough councillor after being approached by one of the council’s senior members.

He then became a town councillor and was voted into the mayoral office in 1978.

Derek has fond memories of his time in office. He said: “I had some marvellous times.

“The Marquess of Exeter, Lord Burghley, was very good to me. He looked after Eve and I quite well.

“We were invited up to Burghley House several times.”

Derek carried out electrical work for the Ministry of Defence for many years, including on the hangars at RAF Wittering.

Eve was a cashier at Woolworths and also worked as a supervisor at a publishing firm after having children.

They have lived in their Lincoln Road home for more than 50 years.

The couple are now happily retired and spend their days enjoying literature, cinema and each other’s company.