Bid to reunite friends from days gone by
With isolation such a concern during the lockdown, especially for older people, an appeal has been made to help reunite long-lost friends at a time when many will be reminiscing alone and could be thinking of those with whom they have lost touch.
As the tech savvy maintain a connection with loved ones via online apps such as Zoom, when a computer screen is filled with smiling and laughing faces of friends or relatives who can chat to each other in real time, those without the internet could be in a very lonely place during lockdown.
Carol Nixon, of Biddulph, wrote to ask if the Chronicle could help to reunite former colleagues during this difficult time.
She said: “Those who are isolated, particularly the elderly who live alone, might want to contact long-lost workmates, neighbours and friends with whom they could share past experiences and memories.”
Mrs Nixon, (72), who has lived in Biddulph for 50 years and worked in the local TSB Bank, recalled: “I remember the very busy Fridays when we opened until 7pm. The end of the working week for the mills meant the town buzzed!”
Her late husband John worked for Selectus Velcro, as did his parents and auntie alongside many other Biddulph residents.
”It was a real family firm!” said Mrs Nixon.
“Of course we were a mining town also and again many of the miners were customers. Now, of course, like many other towns, the mines closed and so did the mills.
“The point is there are still many of these people or widows and widowers who are still living and through different circumstances have lost contact with one another.”
She said phone numbers could have been lost over the years and people may not use the internet or do not feel confident using Facebook or Skype.
“During this pandemic, they will start to feel sad and look back and reminisce on life.
“We all have fond memories of certain people and occasions related to our past, including myself,” said Mrs Nixon.
”It would be great if the Chronicle could run an appeal for those residents, some may have moved away and still have the Chronicle, or maybe are in nursing homes, who could send a photo of themselves showing them in their younger days and maybe a recent one, too, so they would be recognised. They could include details of where they used to work or live and, who knows, they could be reunited.
She added: “Wouldn't it be lovely if all the elderly residents could be reunited with old friends, colleagues and neighbours to reminisce and share their life stories, which is practically impossible at the moment due to many factors.”
Mrs Nixon said: “I understand how some could be feeling right now. For me fortunately I am fit healthy and can drive. However I am widowed and live on my own. I find the winter, dark mornings and evenings harder and understand how depression can set in for those not as fortunate as myself.
“It would be great to link people from past lives who due to 'life' have lost touch and got separated but would love to talk about old times, especially more than ever now as we do not know how long this situation will go on.”
• People can email their photos and reminiscences to firstname.lastname@example.org If they want to be reunited with old friends, people should supply a phone number / email address.