Fiver re­paid af­ter 50 years… with in­ter­est

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Notice To Benefits Claimants - By Sa­man­tha Wil­liams

from a game of poker or a suc­cess­ful visit to the White City greyhounds.

“As our pay at the time was four pound ten shillings plus an ex­tra eight shillings a week for jump­ing out of planes, you can imag­ine what the ten pounds he lent me meant at the time.

“I man­aged to re­pay Vic half of what I owed him then, leav­ing a fiver to be re­paid at a later date. Time marched on and as of­ten hap­pens be­tween good mates we lost touch with each other.”

Mr Kee­gan, who has lived in Syd­ney since 1973, said that the £5 debt of­ten plagued his mind. He ex­plains: “Many is the time I woke wor­ry­ing about ow­ing a good mate a loan given with­out hes­i­ta­tion when I most needed it.”

Mr Kee­gan adds that it was lovely hear­ing from Mr Allin again.

“What a won­der­ful sur­prise it was to be back in touch af­ter what proved to be over half a cen­tury.

“We have stayed in touch since and I am look­ing for­ward to shak­ing his hand when I visit him and his wife later this month whilst on my way to Paris.

“The idea of fac­ing him still ow­ing him a fiver was too em­bar­rass­ing, so I de­cided to re­pay him with in­ter­est be­fore I ar­rived in Ash­ford.

“Imag­ine my sur­prise when I worked out that five pounds at com­pound in­ter­est over the time meant I had to re­pay Vic one hun­dred and sev­enty pounds and sev­enty five pence!

“I sup­pose the moral of the story is, don’t wait 50 years to re­pay an old mate a fiver!”

Mr Allin says he will spend his in­ter­est on a nice meal out for the three of them at the East­well Manor Ho­tel.

He added: “I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to see­ing him. It is an ex­cit­ing time. It will prob­a­bly be the one and only time we see each other again. The cheque was a by-prod­uct re­ally, the best thing is that we’re now back in touch.”

Has any­one ever paid you back some money years later? If so write to Ken­tish Ex­press, 34-36 North Street, Ash­ford TN24 8JR or email ken­tish­ex­press@thek­m­group.

Ser­vice­men Vic­tor Allin, left, and ‘Taffy’ Kee­gan

David Kee­gan

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