Gerda in search of her friendly English hosts

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Remember When? - by Mike Ben­nett mben­nett@thek­m­group.co.uk

BACK in 1972 Ger­man teenager Gerda Lingschied was in a group of East Ger­man girls that came to Ash­ford to stay with fam­i­lies and she has never for­got­ten the hos­pi­tal­ity she re­ceived. Now she is des­per­ate to re­new her friend­ship with the Home­wood fam­ily, in­clud­ing their daugh­ter Dawn, who acted as her hosts on that trip and won­ders if read­ers can re­mem­ber who or­gan­ised the visit. Her search started in earnest last year when she vis­ited the area with her hus­band and son, stay­ing with Doreen Wil­cock­son in Brook Street, Wood­church, dur­ing an Ash­ford twin­ning as­so­ci­a­tion week­end that hosted a group from Bad Mun­stereifel in the Rhineland. She even left th­ese two trea­sured pic­tures she has kept through the years. The first shows her with new friend Dawn Home­wood at school 38 years ago, and the sec­ond the Home­wood fam­ily in a group pic­ture. Any­one with in­for­ma­tion can con­tact Mrs Wil­cock­son on 01233 610040

Have you got any pic­tures from the past that you would be will­ing to share with read­ers? If so send them, with brief de­tails, to Mike Ben­nett, Ken­tish Ex­press Re­mem­ber When, 34-36 North Street, Ash­ford, Kent, TN24 8JR.

Gerda (left) with Dawn Home­wood in 1972

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