A blissful 60 years for Pat and Harold

Pat Brooks and Harold Brooks celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary on the 17th of December
Pat Brooks and Harold Brooks celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary on the 17th of December
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Happy couple Pat and Harold Brooks celebrated their Diamond wedding anniversary with a family get-together.

Married for 60 years, the pair met when Pat was just 16 and living in Preston with her parents.

Pat and Harold Brooks

Pat and Harold Brooks

She said: “Harold was actually my mother’s milkman and I’d spotted him and tried to get his attention for weeks.

“I put make-up on every morning in the hope he’d notice me but it wasn’t until we saw each other in Waverley park that we finally got talking, we began dating from there!”

Some 18 months into their courtship they had a small wedding at St Joseph’s Church in Preston and Pat went on to be a club singer before opening guest house Audley House in South Shore in the 1970s.

Pat added: “When I used to be in the clubs singing, Harold always came with me, if I was on form he’d smile, if not he’d sink back in his chair.”

Harold was actually my mother’s milkman and I’d spotted him and tried to get his attention for weeks

The pair, who have lived in South Shore for the last 25 years have two sons, four grandchildren, one of whom worked at Buckingham Palace for 10 years as a butler, and a great-grandchild.

After an 18-year stint in the guest house business they closed their doors and retired in the early nineties. Pat, 77 and Harold, 78 insist they have the anecdote to a happy marriage.

Pat said: “My policy is to tell the truth and that’s it. We’re still blissfully in-love after all these years and we’ve had a really good laugh! We are lucky, we’ve had a good life together and have enjoyed every second.”

The couple received a card from HRH The Queen to mark the anniversary, and were treated to a trip in a Rolls Royce as one of their presents.