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FRIENDS FOREVER: 94-year-old Croxley resident continues birthday card tradition with Canadian pen pal

 Published on: 30th April 2020   |   By: Geraint Roberts   |   Category: Uncategorized

On Daphne Galashan’s 94th birthday, a tradition was continued when her pen-pal of over 82 years, sent her a birthday card to celebrate the occasion.

Daphne first wrote to her pen pal, Charlotte, who is also 94, when she was just 12 years old and in school.

Part of her Geography lesson was to choose a girl in a school in Montreal, Canada, to communicate with and send a photo to and they have not stopped since.

Mrs Galashan has lived in Croxley Green on Kenilworth Drive for over 50 years and told CroxleyNews that she and her pen pal still write letters and cards to each other for Christmas and their birthdays.

She said: “When I received the birthday card from Charlotte it just made me think how brilliant it is that we’re still keeping in touch after all these years.

“We’re both still in reasonably good health which is fantastic, and we both enjoy writing. We always update each other on our life and our health.”

The two pen-pals even continued to write to each other during the Second World War.

CroxleyNews first reported on this magnificent story back in January 2016, where Daphne said how she even met Charlotte in person back in the 90s, where they hit it off immediately.

She said: “I get on with Charlotte and her family very well. They are such lovely people and it is a pleasure to know them.”

Daphne has also met Charlotte’s daughter, Diane, when she came over with her husband around 35 years ago. 

The couple stayed with Daphne as they travelled around the British Isles until they ran out of money and returned to Canada.

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