A GLOBETROTTING couple have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

Kent and Pauline Brooks from Kendal marked their diamond wedding anniversary on July 29 with a trip away to the Pennington Hotel at Ravenglass.

The 82-year-olds, who got married in Oxford, met as students at Manchester University in the 1950s.

The couple have son Robin and also a daughter who was a trauma nurse in Copenhagen, who died in 2015.

Mr Brooks, who was ‘born and bred’ in Kendal and attended St George’s School in Heversham, spent most of his life teaching earth sciences at the University of Copenhagen but was also a professor and head of department at the University of Papua New Guinea and Sultan Qaboos University, Oman.

Mrs Brooks grew up in North Wales and became a teacher.

She rose to be head of a Catholic international school in Copenhagen where she was ‘greatly loved’, according to her husband.

Mr Brooks specialised in geochemistry and took part in field geology in Greenland where he was with a team who discovered a large gold deposit, which led to long separations from his wife.

Mr Brooks said tolerance was key to a happy marriage, as well as the proverb of ‘absence makes the heart grow fonder’.

He said the couples' happiest time was during their stay in the south Pacific.

“Probably our four-year stay in the south Pacific was the happiest time of our lives,” he said.  

“Sun, coral reefs, spectacular mountains and even more spectacular people.”