Raunds couple who had to move their wedding due to the Suez Crisis make the papers again

Michael and Pamela Graham celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary

Michael and Pamela Graham celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary

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A couple who featured in this newspaper after having to move their wedding due to the Suez Crisis are making the news again as they celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary.

Michael and Pamela Graham were married at St Mary’s Church, Rushden, on August 11, 1956, although they had to bring the date forward from September 22.

The wedding picture in the Evening Telegraph on August 11, 1956

The wedding picture in the Evening Telegraph on August 11, 1956

Mr Graham, 81, of Raunds said: “What happened was I came out of the Army, I started back at work because I needed to pay for my wedding and then I was recalled for the Suez Crisis.

“I went back to Chester on the train, got kitted out and then on the Thursday the brigadier caught me and said ‘any problems?’

“I said I’m getting married in September and he said could I get married this weekend so I was given a 48-hour pass.

“My brother-in-law came to pick me up, bring me home and I had to get a suit sorted out on the Saturday morning, which was kindly altered for me as I am a little fellow.”

Mr and Mrs Graham at their anniversary party

Mr and Mrs Graham at their anniversary party

Mr Graham had celebrated his 21st birthday just a few weeks before the wedding so they used what remained of his birthday cake as the wedding cake.

By the Sunday, Mr Graham was back in the Army before heading out to Cyprus for several months.

A picture and a small report featured in the Evening Telegraph, as it was known then, on the same day that they were married.

The Evening Telegraph report said: “Tomorrow the bridegroom - a reservist - reports back to his Royal Signals unit, and on Monday expects to sail for the Middle East.”

Their story also appeared on the front page of the Rushden Echo and Argus on August 17, 1956.

Mr and Mrs Graham still have a copy of both newspapers and had them on show at a party to celebrate their anniversary at Rushden Bowls Club on August 14.

They had 90 guests to help them celebrate, including their two children, four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.