Stamford couple mark golden wedding with swim

Geoff and Anne Emery, centre, with friends who took part in the swim, from left: Mark Horrocks, Paul Gatlin, Jean Layne, Alan Barwell, Graham Layne, Tanya Morley, Terry Mallender, Clive Crosby and Nicky Sharkey
Geoff and Anne Emery, centre, with friends who took part in the swim, from left: Mark Horrocks, Paul Gatlin, Jean Layne, Alan Barwell, Graham Layne, Tanya Morley, Terry Mallender, Clive Crosby and Nicky Sharkey
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A COUPLE celebrated 50 years of wedded bliss by swimming 50 lengths of a swimming pool.

Geoff and Anne Emery celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on Friday, September 2.

The pair decided they didn’t need anything so in lieu of gifts, they asked their friends, relatives and former colleagues to join them in a sponsored swim.

The swim took place at Stamford Leisure Pool in Drift Road on Saturday, September 3. The pool has a special place in Anne’s heart as she worked there for more than 20 years as a swim school teacher and is still a keen swimmer.

The couple, of Burns Road, Stamford, chose to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Anne, 72, said: “We just thought it would be a nice thing to do for charity. When you get to our age, you don’t need any gifts and it was a special event to spend it with our friends.

“We chose Cancer Research UK because it is a cause close to our hearts.

“Everyone knows someone who has been affected by this terrible disease and we were pleased to be able to do something for them.”

Geoff, 73, and Anne were thrilled that the event raised more than £1,400.

Anne said: “We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who came and did the swim with us.

“We were very grateful. We didn’t expect to raise so much money.”

The couple were married in Spalding on September 2, 1961, but moved to Stamford shortly afterwards as Geoff worked for the Mercury as a linotype machine operator.