Parallel lives of reunited friends

Published: June 5, 2006 | 4310th good news item since 2003

TWO schoolgirl pals met up for the first time in 41 years this weekend – and found they’d led strangely parallel lives.

Jill Franks and Glenys Thompson were “inseparable” when they went to school in Fulham in the mid-1960s. But they lost touch after they left. On Saturday the two the 57-year-olds met up again at the Greenwood Forest Park, near Caernarfon, after getting in touch through the Friends Reunited website.

Amazingly both now live in Wales, and both went to college in Bangor. Jill, from Clwt y Bont, near Deiniolen, said: “I heard about the site and to my amazement I discovered that Glenys Thompson had entered her details.

“Since then we have exchanged e-mails but we did not actually meet until the weekend. We had exchanged photos but we didn’t need them and soon it was just like old times.”

Now married and living near Cardigan, Glenys visited North Wales with her husband Brian. She said: “We travelled up because Jill is so busy working she could not come down to see us until September, and I just couldn’t wait that long.

“We were absolutely inseparable when we were at Fulham County Grammar School but then we both left and went our separate ways.

“It is strange to think that having been at school together in London we now both live in Wales.”

Glenys said she moved to Wales to be close to her daughter and three grandchildren. Her grandparents lived in Trefriw, in the Conwy Valley.

And while studying art and design in Bangor she lived in Rhiwlas. Coincidentally Jill graduated from the same university with a degree in theology some years later.

For the past 12 years Jill has worked at the Greenwood Park where she is familiar to visitors as Wenda the entertainer.

Both pals have now vowed to stay in touch.

Published in Life, Reunited
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