Stamford couple have double reason to celebrate

Diamond wedding couple  Shirley and John Capewell of Stamford EMN-160229-184029009

Diamond wedding couple Shirley and John Capewell of Stamford EMN-160229-184029009

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A couple have a double reason to celebrate this weekend as they mark their diamond wedding anniversary and a milestone birthday.

Shirley and John Capewell marked 60 years since they got married on Thursday, March 3.

And today (Saturday, March 4), Shirley turns 80-years-old, but despite the double cause for celebration, they will celebrate with a low-key meal with their nearest and dearest.

The couple, of Brooke Avenue, Stamford, met through a friend while Shirley was working at the International Stores in St John’s Street.

The couple married on a sunny day surrounded by friends on March 3, 1956, at Easton-on-the-Hill where they lived for 28 years, before moving to Stamford, where they have lived since.

John, who was born in Stamford, spent his entire working life as a postman - beginning as a telegram boy. Even during his National Service, he served as a postman, for which he received the Imperial Service Medal.

His wife raised their son Bob, now 58, and the couple are also proud grandparents to David, 28, Emma, 24, and Kirsty, 22, all of whom live nearby and are a big help to the couple, particularly now John, 86, is suffering with ill health.

The couple have enjoyed holidaying together and have been keen puzzlers. John also has a model railway which is his pride and joy.

Asked whether it was love at first sight, John remarked “definitely” while Shirley wasn’t so sure but they agreed the secret to a long and successful marriage was “give and take”.