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Best friends forever


Meeting as 11-year-old schoolgirl­s in 1941, Olive Woodward and Kathleen Saville instantly hit it off.

There was never any doubt that they’d be best friends for life, and through all of life’s twists and turns, including later on, the deaths of both their husbands, Olive and

Kathleen have been by each other’s sides.

They’d never lived more than a 10-minute walk away from each other, so when Kathleen moved into a retirement home in 2018, the pair were heartbroke­n at not seeing each other every day.

‘I missed her and I used to go and see her every Saturday for lunch,’ Olive told the BBC in December 2019. ‘Then I thought, Why don’t I move in, too?’

So Olive, then 89, found a room on the same oor as Kathleen’s, and the staff soon dubbed them the ‘dynamic duo’.

‘She means a lot to me,’ Kathleen said. ‘If Olive goes

rst she’ll come back to fetch me. We’re going to be friends in heaven.’ ●

 ??  ?? Olive, left, and Kathleen met in 1941
Olive, left, and Kathleen met in 1941

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