A husband and wife - dubbed Britain’s first same-sex couple - celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in style by going back to the registry office courtesy of Sandwell Council.

Malcolm and Sharon Cain from Wednesbury tied the knot in 1989 at Sandwell Register Office in West Bromwich. However, a mistake on Sharon’s birth certificate listed her as male, meaning they became Britain’s first same-sex married couple.

This weekend Sandwell Council helped the pair mark their 25th wedding anniversary with a complimentary marriage renewal ceremony for the couple, their family and friends at the register office in West Bromwich.

Sharon had been registered at birth as a boy in 1958 but it wasn’t until 2010 when they needed copies of their birth and marriage certificates that the couple discovered the mistake.


  • New facility will be based at Sandwell Valley Crematorium, Newton Road, West Bromwich
  • Revolutionary, non-invasive and compassionate digital technique  - with huge potential benefits for bereaved families, examiners and investigators
  • New facility will serve Black Country and West Midlands coronors services

An agreement has been reached between iGene, operator of the World’s first Digital Autopsy Facility network and Sandwell Council to create the West Midlands’ first Digital Autopsy facility at Sandwell Valley Crematorium; the £1.2m investment by iGene in technology and facility is expected to open in June 2014.


A joint operation by Sandwell police, council and local residents has seen a significant reduction in reports of anti social behaviour in the Hateley Heath area.

For the past three months, officers have been working in partnership with Sandwell Council after residents raised concerns about anti social behaviour in and around the Lincoln Road area of Stone Cross.

Residents had experienced issues involving young people congregating outside the library on Lincoln Road with reports of damage to property and under age drinking.

Anna Shepherd's daughter does just five hours a week schooling thanks to Sandwell's failure to decide who looks after her or where she is best placed!

The meeting is being held at Sandwell Council House, Oldbury at 2pm Friday 21st February.

The meeting is to protest that the council is closing down all of the three youth clubs and youth groups available in the area.

An 82 year old man from West Bromwich is to appear before Sandwell Magistrates Court this morning (Thursday 19 July) charged with 13 sex offences against children.

He is charged with 11 offences of indecent assault and two offences of gross indecency on children aged between 5-11 years between 1954-1998.

The man was arrested in May 2011 following information given to police and following an investigation, was charged on July 4 2012.