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30 YEARS LATER: Dad finds long lost friend from Garston thanks to the power of social media

 Published on: 29th January 2021   |   By: Amneet Kaur   |   Category: Uncategorized

A dad and daughter used the power of social media to the maximum when trying to find a long lost friend from Garston.

John Mitchener (87), from Bletchley, was trying to find a way to contact his friend Reg Woollard for a long time when, with the help of daughter Kerry Day, they decided to use Facebook as a resource to see if they had any luck.

John had not seen Reg for over 30 years and did not have his address or phone number.

Speaking to GarstonNews, Kerry revealed the two friends used to work together back in the ‘70s. 

She added: “Reg still had my dad’s contact details but my dad lost Reg’s, over Christmas my dad would receive a card from him, but he wouldn’t know where the card was coming from, or how to get hold of him.

“Last summer he mentioned this to me and I started to put a few appeals out on Facebook, I managed to find Reg’s wife and sent her a few messages but heard nothing back.

“My dad then decided to go on Facebook to put a message out himself, strangely enough somebody we used to live next door to responded to my dad’s message saying he shared it to a Watford page on Facebook.

“I then looked for a Garston one (Residents of Garston), joined it and shared the message there. Within days a lady messaged me and said she knows Reg…and the rest is history.”

The two friends were over the moon when they spoke to each other again, Kerry revealed. 

She said: “They had a lot to catch up on, they spoke about when they used to go to golf together, about grandchildren. John told Reg he has a great grandson. They are really keen to meet up but because of COVID-19 they have to wait.”

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