Britain's most married man met wife number three in Chester’s bingo hall where he ended up working as the number caller.

But Ron Sheppard, 65, found Lesley was not his ‘cup of tea, number three’ and went on to tie the knot another five times.

Now the serial husband has written his memoirs, Lord of the Wedding Rings, and would like Jude Law to play him in the film that could follow after he signed a deal at the weekend.

Ron Sheppard's book The Lord of the Wedding Rings
Ron Sheppard's book The Lord of the Wedding Rings
 

Today Ron is married to current wife Weng, a Filipina student nurse who is half his age, and the couple live in Martock, Somerset.

But back in 1976 the retired entertainer married his third wife Lesley from Chester, now deceased, with whom he had two sons, aged 34 and 36. The youngest is a taxi driver in Scotland and the eldest is an accountant in St Helens.

Ron, originally from London, told The Chronicle : “I was a bingo caller and I was asked if I would go on a management course in Chester and that’s how we met.

“She worked at the bingo hall and we just started going out together. I used to do impressions while I was doing the calling and I got told off so I walked away.”

Ron, who initially lived with Lesley’s parents in Newtown, said they bought a house in Broughton but were unable to keep up with the mortgage payments and moved into a housing association property in Saltney where he worked part-time as a compere in the local social club. It was during this period that he also started a band called Wishful Thinking who toured the clubs of North Wales.

But while working for scrap metal dealers Van Leer in Ellesmere Port he hurt his back and was in pain despite an operation at the former Chester infirmary.

“My back was playing up and Lesley and I were not really getting on because we had no money,” explained Ron.

“I don’t believe in staying just for the sake of the children because I don’t think it works for anybody so I just left and went to work for Pontins for about four years.”

Ron, who left Chester in 1981, admits he lost touch with his boys as they grew up but his relationship with them today was ‘fine’. Unfortunately Lesley passed away from cancer a few years ago.

Asked why he had been married so many times, Ron, who has eight children, 13 grandchildren and four great grandchildren, replied: “It’s all in my book but I was sexually abused when I was younger which affected me really badly and I turned to women for comfort.”

However, Ron believes his eighth wife Weng is ‘for keeps’. “I have definitely found the right one. Before I met Weng I never had all these butterflies. It’s a proper romance.”