Diamond couple celebrate milestone

Bernard and Pat Broadbent celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary. (d611c424)
Bernard and Pat Broadbent celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary. (d611c424)

There was a special celebration at the home of Pat and Bernard Broadbent as the couple celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary with family .

The date also marked the 51st year that the couple have lived at Scotchman Lane.

The couple met when Bernard came home on leave from National Service aged 20 and visited his sister’s hair salon, where 15-year-old Pat was working.

They were married at St Francis of Assisi Church in Morley and honeymooned at The Strand Palace in London.

Bernard, 85, and Pat, 80, have three children – Anne, Phillip and Christopher – six grandchildren – Louise, Paul, Sam, David, Ben and Jordan – and two great grandchildren – six year old Scarlett and five-month-old Flynn.

Bernard worked as a motor mechanic and was also a well known gardener in the town and has won prizes for his chrysanthemums.

As well as working at a hairdressers, Pat worked at the local Asda for over 25 years. She said: “A lot has changed over the years since we got married, especially technology, that’s the important thing now.

“I can work a laptop and I have an iPad which keeps me in touch with all the family.

So what’s their secret?

Pat said: “The secret to a long and happy marriage is to work at it. Marriage is like a job, if you don’t do the work, the marriage won’t last. It’s all about give and take.”