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Old photo reunites schoolgirls of 1950s; Friends from across world get in touch.

Byline: BARBARA GOULDEN barbara.goulden@mrn.co.uk

A SCHOOL photograph taken in Coventry 54 years ago and published in the Evening Telegraph led to a former classmate getting in touch from Australia - and an e-mail sent from South Africa.

Several other former pupils, who still live locally, have also been in touch with reader Christine Ford (formerly Christine Woodman), who sent us the photograph taken in June, 1953, at what was then Earlsdon Junior School.

Among them was Wendy Reader (nee Edge) who seven years ago returned to what is now Earlsdon Primary to take up a post as administration assistant.

Mrs Reader, now aged 61, like most of the other girls, still treasures a gold coronation spoon presented to them all by their teacher, Mrs Poole, who is also pictured.

Christine, who runs the Abigail guest house in St Patrick's Road, Coventry city centre, heard from Trixie Farndon (nee Richardson), who has moved to the Northern Territories in Australia.

The Evening Telegraph was also able to pass on details of an e-mail from Janet Sime (nee Millage) who went on to make her home in South Africa. Writing from Benoni, in South Africa, Mrs Sime wrote: "It's amazing how far your paper reaches.

"It was a wonderful surprise to receive this photo and news article.

"My sister, Audrey Roe, still lives in Coventry and cut it out and sent it to me.

"Who would have thought, way back then, that this old school photo would travel so far."

Out in Australia, Mrs Farndon also recalled the gold spoons handed out to mark the Queen's Coronation.

Since she first submitted the picture, Christine has been happily sharing memories with former classmates. The guest-house owner smiles when she recalls: "Sadly I lost touch with many old friends because when I grew up I married a sailor and travelled abroad.

"But as soon as the Evening Telegraph printed my old snap I heard from two former classmates still living in Coventry, and then Trixie Richardson (now Farndon) in Australia, who I don't think really remembers me.

"It's amazing how far your paper reaches."

Delighted Christine has since been in touch with Trixie via the Friends Reunited website and was last week busy emailing Janet in Benoni.

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AMAZING: Christine Ford with the story in the Evening Telegraph and (right) Trixie Farndon and husband Eric
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