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Reunited after 45 years

PUBLISHED: 19:02 23 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:53 03 March 2010

A SECURITY guard is thanking his lucky Star today after getting in touch with two old friends, 45 years since their last meeting.

A story in The Evening Star about Tony Valentine prompted a host of helpful telephone calls enabling him to find two chums from his childhood.

A SECURITY guard is thanking his lucky Star today after getting in touch with two old friends, 45 years since their last meeting.

A story in The Evening Star about Tony Valentine prompted a host of helpful telephone calls enabling him to find two chums from his childhood.

The 62-year-old had been desperate to get in touch with John Mays and Brian Watts, who he was friends with in Felixstowe in the 1950s.

After the story was published Tony was inundated with calls pointing him in the right direction to find his old mates.

A few phone calls later and Tony, of Fitzwilliam Close, was able to meet up with Brian, who still lives in Felixstowe. Tony has also been in contact with John who lives in Ipswich.

Tony said: "After the story in the appeared in the paper I got a lot of people calling me with information – I couldn't have done it without them.

"Getting in touch with them again took my breath away. It was such a shock seeing them now and remembering what they were like all those years ago but neither of them has really changed that much.

"I saw John's son and I knew it was him it was like a younger edition of his dad, it was really weird."

The three men all grew up in Felixstowe in the 1950s but lost touch in 1958 when Brian joined the marines and Tony went off to join the army.

WEBLINK: If there is somebody you would like to get in contact with visit The Evening Star's Finding Friends service at www.eveningstar.co.uk

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