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Couple’s 60 years of happy memories

Posted on July 25 2014 at 10:08:12

Rex and Sheila

A happy couple who started their married life in Alvechurch are celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary this month.

Sheila and Rex Trueman tied the knot on August 21, 1954 at Holy Trinity Church in Lickey, and had their reception at the George Hotel in Longbridge (now a Chinese restaurant), with around 100 guests. 

Their first home together was The Homestead on Snake Lane, Alvechurch, which needed a lot of renovation: “We had to get the place wired for electricity, as it still had gas lamps,” recalls Rex.

Rex and Sheila both grew up in Rubery, and met as teenagers at a dance at the Austin Motor Company.

Their courtship was interrupted by Rex’s two years of national service in the Royal Engineers – after which he joined a partnership at Tanyard Garage in Alvechurch, while Sheila worked as a shorthand typist at “the Austin”.

Rex joined her there as a Technical Librarian after the couple moved back to Rubery, before eventually becoming the archivist at the
Heritage Motor Centre in Gaydon.

The couple, who now live in Catshill, have one daughter, Anita, and a grandson, Bradley. They attribute their long, happy marriage to “laughter, friendship and compromise”.

They have enjoyed plenty of travelling during their life together, including cruises and visits to Sheila’s school friend in America.

They also enjoy dancing and socialising, while Rex is an accomplished musician on the electric organ.

Sheila and Rex, now aged 82 and 83, will be celebrating their special anniversary with a family meal at Brockencote Hall in Chaddesley Corbett.

“At our age, we consider ourselves very fortunate that we still have each other,” says Sheila.

Above: Rex and Sheila in a hand-painted wedding photo, and in their garden, 60 years on.

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