Long-lost pals are reunited by The Gazette

21/6/2011'Astroturf is not wanted at Kitchener's Field, Berkhamsted.'Protesters, from left, Garie Fotheringham, Kate Spall, Sheila Robertson, John Parsons-Smith, Emmy Allen, and Meg Robinson
21/6/2011'Astroturf is not wanted at Kitchener's Field, Berkhamsted.'Protesters, from left, Garie Fotheringham, Kate Spall, Sheila Robertson, John Parsons-Smith, Emmy Allen, and Meg Robinson
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TWO long-lost school friends spoke to each other for the first time in decades after the Gazette put them back in touch.

Sue Doberman, who lives in Newcastle, has been organising a reunion of pupils who were in Lancaster House at Harrogate College and graduated in 1969.

She said: “There were only nine of us - we were our own little group and we were all best friends.

“We are all going to be 60 next year, so you can imagine how long it has been since we have all been in touch.”

Sue tracked down four of them for a reunion in 2008 - a number that grew to seven for a reunion in 2010.

After Sue found out that one had died, her childhood best friend Cathy Parsons-Smith was the only one left to find for the reunion on Saturday, July 23, this year.

It was not until one of Sue’s friends typed her name into Google last week and found the name of Cathy’s husband John on www.berkhamstedtoday.co.uk that the pair could speak again.

Cathy said: “We are best friends - reunited by the Gazette. I have known Sue since I was nine - before I even went to Harrogate College.

“It was just a stroke of luck that John’s name came up on the internet.”

Cathy said she can’t make it to the reunion as she’s going to a relative’s wedding on that day - but that she aims to keep in touch with her childhood best friend Sue.

Sue said she was “really sad” she lost touch with Cathy.

She said: “At boarding school, we were like family - but it must have been 35 or 40 years since we last spoke before this weekend. I am absolutely thrilled to be back in touch with Cathy.”

John’s name had appeared on www.berkhamstedtoday.co.uk alongside a story about an astroturf pitch being built in Kitcheners Field near his home.

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