Amesbury couple celebrate 65 happy years

Sheila and David Mardell

Sheila and David Mardell

First published in News Salisbury Journal: Photograph of the Author by , Head of Sport

AN Amesbury couple who met in Marks & Spencer celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on Thursday.

Sheila Mardell, 81, met her husband David, 83, in 1947 when she was working as a sales assistant at the Twickenham store, and they married a year later.

They celebrated their anniversary by renewing their vows at Amesbury Baptist Church on Sunday.

“It was a very enjoyable day,” Mrs Mardell said. “I gave a speech about when we first met and how I wanted to marry him as soon as I saw him.”

During the couple’s first six weeks of marriage, Mr Mardell, who was a sergeant major in the army, was posted to Malaya, and they didn’t see each other for the next two years.

When he returned, he was at Woolwich Barracks for a year and then in 1951, the couple moved to The Royal School of Artillery, Larkhill, where Mr Mardell was stationed.

The couple have five children, five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Mr Mardell left the army in 1970 after serving 25 years and became a mechanic.

Twenty-two years later the couple moved to Beverley Hills Mobile Home Park, Amesbury, where they live today.

Mrs Mardell, who with her husband fostered children as well as raising a family, added: “We’re still very much in love, it’s like we’re on our second honeymoon.”

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree