ONE of West Yorkshire’s most-travelled couples have celebrated their diamond wedding.
And appropriately, Denys and Pat Brunton, both 82, of Mirfield, will be celebrate 60 years of marriage with a mystery tour beginning on Boxing Day.
The couple, who have a son and two grandchildren, have been to almost every corner of the world.
Denys and Pat met, aged 15, in the Co-op café in Huddersfield and married seven years later at St Thomas’s Church, Bradley.
Bradley-born Pat, who trained as a hairdresser, ran her own salon, at Leeds Road, Liversedge, until she was 70.
After serving in the RAF and working for a vehicle upholstery firm, Denys ran a yarn spinning business in Cleckheaton until he was 64.
Mr Brunton, originally from Deighton, also played football for various teams including the Huddersfield Town Boys team which won the Boys’ Cup in 1947.
When he met his wife in Huddersfield, Mrs Brunton worked in Shirley’s hairdressers at the time.
They wed on Boxing Day after cancelling their September wedding as there house wasn’t ready in time.
Mrs Brunton, now aged 82, said: “We just picked Boxing Day and got married at 2.30pm. It was dark by the time we came out of church, we didn’t think of that.”
They have a son, David, and two grandchildren, Annabel and Samuel.
Mr Brunton is now a big rugby fan and follows the Huddersfield Giants.
The couple now still holidaying and visiting foreign countries.
The pair’s love of travel has taken them on numerous trips around North and Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Far East as well as on annual trips to Gibraltar and the Pyrenees.
Denys said: “We both worked hard and we didn’t find any time for hobbies other than travelling which we’ve been doing for 51 years.
“We’ve had a good life. We don’t know how long it will last or whether we’ll die before the money runs out!”