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Pals reunited after 38 years; Evening Telegraph helps search.

Byline: SAM WEBB

OLD friends Pauline Possingham and Sue Guest met up for the first time in 38 years - thanks to the Evening Telegraph.

Through our Link-up column the two pals were able to get in touch and arranged a reunion on Friday.

They both went to Frederick Bird School, in Hillfields, Coventry, but lost touch when Pauline's family emigrated to Australia in 1965.

Despite the fact that the last time they saw each other was when they were 14, they recognised each other instantly and immediately clicked.

Pauline said: "I remembered Sue as little and she looks just the same!"

Sue, who lives in Church Park Close, Keresley, Coventry, said: "She seems so young at heart, I guess we're both just 18 forever."

As children the pair used to play in the Stoke house of their friend Kay Waterman, sister to famous Coventry music producer Pete Waterman.

Sue, who works at Thorntons in West Orchards shopping centre, Coventry, said: "They had quite a big house with two living rooms. We used to play in one and Pete used to have his gang in the other. He would always be strumming on his guitar."

They were able to meet up when Pauline's brother Ken Whenham used the internet to find Kay, who now lives in Lancashire, who put Pauline through to Sue.

Pauline, who lives in Adelaide, was initially overwhelmed by the difference between Australia and England, saying: "It seems so spacious and Coventry is so built-up. The first time I came back to England, I couldn't believe how many people and buildings there were."

The two women's lives have some interesting parallels. They both have two children of similar ages and both used to run their own businesses and are now managers.

Sue has been married to Alan for 28 years and has two children, Aaron, aged 26, and Craig, aged 24. Pauline's children are Nicole, aged 28, and Kim, aged 26.

They intend to stay in contact with each other now that they have finally tracked each other down.

Sue said: "It's very exciting, I really wanted to meet up."

Pauline said: "We're trying to organise a reunion dinner with a few other friends. We had some fun days before and now we're going to keep in touch. We're still best friends".

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BONDING: Sue Guest (top) with her friend Pauline Passingham
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