It seemed my life was taken up with doing things for everyone else.'But when I tried to discuss it with Billy, he didn't seem to understand.
'People congratulated us,' says Linda, 'and I felt proud that we were one of those couples who had weathered the storms and made our relationship work.' The couple even went on a celebratory holiday of a lifetime to Kenya.
But within weeks of returning, Linda, then 43, had sunk into depression.
In fact, while statistics on remarriage to an ex are not routinely recorded, according to counselling service Relate one in four people regrets their divorce.
Considering that divorce and separation hold second and third place in the psychiatric scale of life's most stressful events (death of a spouse comes first), and that divorced people are about 35 per cent more likely to consult their GP than married couples, it's not surprising many find being single again isn't quite what they thought it would be.
'I've noticed that when a divorce that has taken a few years to finalise comes through, at least one partner can feel they made too hasty a decision,' she says.
'But by the time they realise that, so much bad feeling has come between them it can be hard to find a way back.
That's why divorces can take years to get over.' Indeed, Linda Clements confesses that she spent seven years trying to make her single life work before she was able to tell ex-husband Billy her feelings.
'And I was incredibly fortunate that he hadn't been able to get over me too,' she says.
Linda and Billy, from Darwen, Lancs, first married in September 1974 when she was 18 and he was 23. 'We had a beautiful white wedding with four bridesmaids and around 100 guests,' she recalls, 'and afterwards we bought our own two-bedroom home.' Two children, Nicola, now 35, and Amanda, 32, followed.
The couple moved into a larger three-bedroom house. 'Of course we had our ups and downs,' she says, 'but then, what couple doesn't?
Linda Clements vividly recalls the moment her divorce from her husband of 25 years was finalised.