Diamond wedding couple’s fond memories of big day

Sheila and Dexter Adams, from Stamford, who will be celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary on Thursday
Sheila and Dexter Adams, from Stamford, who will be celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary on Thursday
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A couple whose wedding made front page news will celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary on Thursday.

Dexter and Sheila Adams, of Blackstones Court, Stamford, still have fond memories of their wedding day on June 20, 1953.

Dexter was well-known at that time as an amateur footballer for Hendon Football Club and during his sporting career, he was also capped by England 20 times and enjoyed a spell as manager of Barnet Football Club.

He was due to play in the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, Australia, but was flown home after getting injured.

Dexter, now 88, met Sheila when he was working as a surveyor and she was working as a secretary.

Their wedding in Edgware was featured on the front pages of The Star, the Evening Standard and The Evening News, something which still amazes the couple today.

Sheila, 79, said: “I remember standing in a queue to go on our honeymoon to the Isle of Wight and seeing us on the front of the three evening papers. We just couldn’t believe our eyes.

“It doesn’t seem like 60 years ago that we married. I remember it like it was yesterday and it is fantastic to have these photographs and newspapers to look back on.”

The couple moved to Stamford 10 years ago from Peterborough and say they absolutely love the town and would never dream of leaving.

Prior to that, they had lived in Hertfordshire.

Dexter worked firstly as a surveyor and then went on to work in advertising at Daily Mirror, Capital Radio and Sporting Life, while Sheila worked for a gas company.

The couple had three daughters Gail, Dawn and Clare, and have five grandchildren and one great grandchild and will be spending their anniversary celebrating with family.

Dexter and Sheila joked the key to a long marriage was not getting divorced.

But Sheila said having your own interests was also key.

Dexter, a keen golfer and cricketer, has remained a football fan and still 
follows the game but Sheila admits to not being interested at all.

Sheila said: “The secrets to a happy marriage is having your own space and