A couple whose wedding unexpectedly brought the town centre to a standstill celebrated their golden wedding anniversary this week.
Clem and Norma Ward, who wed at St Andrew’s church on March 27 1963, had such a huge number of guests turn up at the church to wish them well on their big day that extra policemen had to be called to guide the traffic. Their jobs probably had something to with it, as at the time both were popular hairdressers in Rugby – Clem a barber in New Bilton and Norma a hair dresser in Bilton.
Clem said: “I’ll never forget how many people there were outside St Andrew’s that day, we were both shocked. The shops in town were only open for half a day back then, and so I suppose it was also partly because of that.”
The couple have three children Angela, Stephanie and Richard, and five grandchildren. They celebrated their anniversary with a family day out at Kilworth House.
Clem, who ran his own sales business until he retired around ten years ago, added: “I’d say the secret to a long lasting marriage is give and take.”
Norma added: “A sense of humour and respecting each other’s feelings are also important.”