Diamond duo celebrate

Shelia and Raymond Evans diamond wedding
Shelia and Raymond Evans diamond wedding

FEATHERSTONE Rovers’ legend Ray Evans is celebrating a perfect score with his wife Sheila as they mark their diamond wedding anniversary.

Mr Evans, of Muirfield Avenue – who scored a try in the final minutes of the 1952 Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium – will celebrate with his wife on Saturday.

Mr Evans, 81, who owned two betting shops in Featherstone in the 60s, said: “We got married on St Patrick’s Day, the wedding was marvellous and made all the better because we knew we were going to play at Wembley the following month.

“We have lived a happy life together and the secret to a long-lasting marriage is just to be happy and to help each other throughout life. Sheila has helped me, she is my carer now after I badly injured my leg in rugby, and she still looks after me after all these years.”

The couple met at a dance in the Welfare Club on Station Lane in Featherstone and married at the town’s All Saints’ Church.

Mrs Evans worked as a clothes mender while raising their two children, Barry and Denise. The couple have three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Mrs Evans, 76, said: “We have done so much together in our lives and we are not sure how we are going to celebrate the day yet but it is going to be very special.”