Robbery to Romance

The Daily News, Durban, South Africa, 1997

THE HAPPY COUPLE: Haydn Bradfield
and Maureen Adair after their wedding

Concern for the welfare of the victim of a hammer wielding intruder has led to marriage for two Durban personalities. BARBARA COLES reports

ROMANCE is not something confined to young people.
Nor is good news something you only hear about in radio plays. Ask two well-known people in Durban, Miss Maureen Adair and Mr. Haydn Bradfield. Their experience has warmed the hearts of many people.
A terrifying ordeal at the hands of an intruder which almost cost well-known radio announcer, actress and producer Ms Adair her life, has had a fairy tale sequel.
Ms Adair was involved in the popular Men from the Ministry series for 28 years. But reality was a lot more grim. In an attack in her home last year, she was tied, gagged and assaulted by a hammer-wielding robber who held her captive for more than three hours. The attacker had threatened to kill her and she had to fight off his attempts to rape her. He has subsequently been sent to jail for a long time.

Dinner date
Friends rallied to help Ms Adair. After former city councillor and Durban mayor, Mr. Haydn Bradfield, read about her nightmare experience in The Daily News, he too decided to contact her.
Although they had known each other for 30 years, they had not seen each other for 18 years. Mr. Bradfield phoned her to ask on her well being and made arrangements to go out to dinner.
And what started out as an inquiry about Ms Adair's welfare, gradually turned into a lasting concern for her future. Their friendship turned to love, and ultimately led to a marriage proposal.

And although widow Ms Adair, vowed never to remarry, she changed her mind"when Mr. Bradfield came along". The "very pleased" couple were married at the Royal Natal Yacht Club at the weekend at a ceremony attended by 90 of their friends and relatives.

I suppose I owe our romance to that robbery," said the 65-year-old groom, who was Durban's mayor from 1978-1980. Mr. Bradfield, a financial consultant, and chairman of the Natal Cricket Society, said that his bride was more famous than he was.
Mr. Bradfield was widowed a year ago and Ms Adair, 64, was a widow for two years. They have five children and seven grandchildren between them.
People had acted very positively about their wedding, said the new Mrs. Bradfield, who will continue with her radio work.



Haydn Bradfield died shortly after their marriage, and Maureen, devastated after loosing her fourth husband and with the memory of her brutal attack still fresh in her mind, took her life in January 1998. A sad loss to her family, friends and the acting community in South Africa.


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