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Cad calls lover after 50 year break

PUBLISHED: 19:00 20 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:41 03 March 2010

IN the end all it took was one long distance phone call to make up for half a century of silence between two former lovers.

George Mann, a former RAF serviceman who has been living in New Zealand since the 1950s was desperate to find his former Ipswich girlfriend so he could apologise for walking out on her in 1951.

IN the end all it took was one long distance phone call to make up for half a century of silence between two former lovers.

George Mann, a former RAF serviceman who has been living in New Zealand since the 1950s was desperate to find his former Ipswich girlfriend so he could apologise for walking out on her in 1951.

An appeal in The Evening Star paid off when Pat Farnam, 69, who lives in Kesgrave, contacted us to say it was her who had been abandoned in Martlesham all those years ago.

Pat, who is now a happily married grandmother, has now got in touch with her errant former boyfriend.

"He was quite amazed that I phoned him", she said.

"We talked for a while and he was amazed that I was still around. He said that he had behaved like a cad – which I found funny as that's such an old fashioned word. He did say sorry and I told him not to worry about it.

"I have sent him copies of the Star with the articles in and I sent a long letter to him"

Pat said that she will continue to keep in touch with George but said it was unlikely that she would be going to New Zealand to see him.

Meanwhile 11,000 miles away in Auckland, New Zealand, George, who is also married, said that he was delighted that through the Evening Star he had finally managed to find Pat.

"I was over the moon to hear from her - I was just lost for words.

"We had a good long chat and she is writing me a letter. We are going to keep in touch with each other.

"I think that after 50 years apart it's just great that we can talk again. I've been telling so many people about it as I have told so many people the story so many times over the years - it's been on my conscious since then

"We would love to come over to England again - it's just a matter of dollars and cents. If we win the lotto tomorrow then we'll be straight over."

N If you would like to find a friend you have lost touch with telephone the Evening Star Newsdesk on 01472 282257.

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