The great reunion

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Oscar
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The great reunion

Post by Oscar » 26 Oct 2018 16:38

With only two of the thirteen founders members of the Beacon still alive and Dennis Baker now over ninty and now in a residential care home, I decided to try and find the other founder member Harry Morris. All I knew was that he was a fisherman last seen at Hartlebury.After lunch at Whit Lenge near Hartlebury I visited a fishery nearby, no luck there, I was told of another fishery by the level crossing, no luck again. At the third attempt, The Moorlands I was pointed to a fisherman called Dave. Yes he knew Harry but hadnt seen him for over a year. But he told me he fished with the Northfield Vets. Back home I couldnt find any trace of the Northfield Vets. I then hit on the idea of phoning a fishing tackle shop somewhere in Kings Heath, They gave me a phone number of a gentleman called Mike, who turned out to live less than a mile from me.He said he would phone Harry for me. After two attempts, Harry phoned me. I agreed to pick him up from Aston Fields and take him to see Dennis on Monday. After more phone calls Dean his son phoned to say that Dennis had a hospital appointment that day. Finally on the Thursday I took Harry to meet Dennis. When they met Dennis was almost lost for words, as they had not seen each other for many years. Then nostalgia flowed like a river for over three hours. After so many dead ends it gave me enormous satisfaction to get these two remaining founder members now both just either side of ninety together. A day I am sure they will both remember for a very long time.

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Post by Tim » 26 Oct 2018 21:46

That is a great thing to have done Oscar. Great to hear.
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Post by Pedlo Mudguardo » 26 Oct 2018 22:18

Oscar, that’s such a wonderful thing to have done. The Beacon, I’m sure, means and has meant a great deal to many people since those founder members kicked it all off.
Great stuff.

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Re: The great reunion

Post by WorcsPhil » 26 Oct 2018 22:59

Oscar, this is such a heart-warming story, and shows that the best things to do takes effort and determination. I really hope Dennis and Harry enjoyed their re-union and metaphorically cycled down to the coast in the sunshine that afternoon.

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Re: The great reunion

Post by JessRJ » 27 Oct 2018 23:22

This is absolutely brilliant :)

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Re: The great reunion

Post by AlanW » 28 Oct 2018 07:03

Superb, top marks Oscar
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George
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Re: The great reunion

Post by George » 28 Oct 2018 08:42

What a great story! Did anyone take a picture?

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Re: The great reunion

Post by Simon Woodward » 28 Oct 2018 14:42

Oscar, There's often an awful lot of tosh written on forums and I'm just as guilty as everyone else. But sometimes a little gem comes along that warms the heart and rekindles your faith in human kind.
Thank you.

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Re: The great reunion

Post by Dave Cox » 28 Oct 2018 15:04

Well done Oscar great detective work too !

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Re: The great reunion

Post by David Cole » 28 Oct 2018 16:20

Great to hear this story Oscar. Really good to hear about the reunion between Harry and Dennis. Congratulations on being successful with your detective work

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Re: The great reunion

Post by Yosser » 29 Oct 2018 17:56

Oscar I'm really impressed. That is a great result.I think it needs telling again at the annual Dinner and Prize presentation.

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Re: The great reunion

Post by rdleaper » 05 Nov 2018 22:31

Simon Woodward wrote:
28 Oct 2018 14:42
Oscar, There's often an awful lot of tosh written on forums and I'm just as guilty as everyone else. But sometimes a little gem comes along that warms the heart and rekindles your faith in human kind.
Thank you.
Well said; I totally agree.

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