TWO former mayors of Salisbury are marking their 50th wedding anniversary tomorrow.
Ken Edwards was the city’s mayor in 1979/80, his wife Pam in 1984/5, and both also served as Salisbury district councillors.
The couple were both born and educated in Salisbury.
Mr Edwards attended St Mark’s Junior School before going on to St Thomas’s, while his wife attended Bemerton St John and Westwood schools. They met when both worked at Wilton’s Sports and Toys in the Canal.
After they married in 1964, they moved to Kingston upon Thames where they stayed for six years before returning to Salisbury.
In 1971 they became involved with the Liberal Party and in 1973 Mr Edwards was elected to the then district council, followed by his wife in 1976.
During his mayoral year, Mr Edwards raised £20,000 for the MS Society, while his wife used her time in office to raise more than £22,000 for Hillcote respite centre for children, where she was working at the time; the John McNeill Opportunity Centre; and Exeter House School.
Mr Edwards was also a member of Wiltshire County Council in the 1980s.
The couple have been actively involved in the life of St Edmund’s, St Michael’s and St Thomas’s churches, and Mr Edwards enjoys singing and playing hand bells as well as having appeared on stage in local pantomimes.
Mr Edwards is chairman of Wessex Stoma Support Group and national chairman of Mitrofanoff Support.
He will shortly retire from Chas H Baker, where he has worked for the past 30 years.
The couple have two sons, Antony, who is married to Jane, and Justin, who is married to Debbie, and two grandchildren, Samuel and Bethany.
They will spend the weekend celebrating their anniversary with their family and close friends.