“There have also been fabulous overseas adventures including a Caribbean cruise with friends and a month travelling on my own in Bali, Australia and Hong Kong – things I’d never have done had I remained married.
“In fact I wish I’d been brave enough to end the marriage sooner but I stayed out of commitment to my vows and for the sake of our two children.
“Mick and I met at school and when he asked me out I couldn’t believe it as he was such a good-looking boy, while I was a quiet and naive girl who’d had a strict Methodist upbringing.
“We married in June 1973 aged 21 and had our two sons Steve, now 35, and Kevin who tragically died in a motorbike accident when he was 22, just nine months after his dad and I separated. Over the years Mick and I had drifted apart.