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Man's quest to find long lost friends

PUBLISHED: 00:59 27 September 2001 | UPDATED: 10:34 03 March 2010

TONY Valentine would love to find two of his oldest friends - and has been told by a medium that one of them might be looking for him.

It is 45 years since they last met, and now he is hoping that people in the Felixstowe area might be able to help put him back in touch.

TONY Valentine would love to find two of his oldest friends – and has been told by a medium that one of them might be looking for him.

It is 45 years since they last met, and now he is hoping that people in the Felixstowe area might be able to help put him back in touch.

Tony is trying to trace John Mays and Brian Watts, who both lived in the seaside town in the late 1950s.

At that time the trio, who were all in their late teens, were inseparable and spent a lot of time together.

But changes in their lives sent them separate ways – and Tony has not seen either of them since.

"When my brother died in February, I went to a medium," said Tony, now 62, a security officer, of Fitzwilliam Close, Chantry, Ipswich.

"It was just so strange, but this medium told me I had an old friend who was tring to get in touch with me. She then named John and described him.

"I am keeping an open mind, but I just knew then that I had to try to find John and Brian and find out what they are up to these days. We will have so much to catch up on."

Back in the late 1950s, John, who was known to his mates as "Piggy", lived in Maidstone Road, Walton, Felixstowe, and Brian, lived in Grange Road. Grange and Maidstone join at the rail bridge and Tony's house was between the two.

John worked on a farm outside Felixstowe and used to cycle to work each day, while Brian left town to join the marines in about 1958.

Around that time, Tony went off to join the army.

"When I came back from the army, my parents had moved and forgotten to tell me! I found them in Ipswich and went back to living with them for a while and never returned to Felixstowe," said Tony, who is married to Irene and has five children.

"I have tried to locate John and Brian in Felixstowe since the I saw the medium but I have had no luck. They could be still living there or in this area somewhere, or they might have moved right away.

"I would just love to hear from them or from anyone who might know where they are, or where they moved to – any clues would be useful."

n Anyone who can help Tony can contact him on 0776 5444429.

WEBLINK: Evening Star's Finding Friends service: www.eveningstar.co.uk

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