Posted: Tue 28th Jun 2016

Former School Friends Reunite After 62 Years Apart /
This article is old - Published: Tuesday, Jun 28th, 2016

Two former school friends have been reunited at Lewis School Pengam after more than 60 years apart. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Gwyneth Watkins and David Williams last saw each other in 1954, but have recently been reunited thanks to the efforts of staff and pupils from Lewis School Pengam during the Lewis School Pengam Lunch Club. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The meeting was organised thanks to a chance conversation between Assistant Head, Mr Mike Oliver and Dr Mari Jones of Peter House College Cambridge. Dr Jones requested whether a family friend, Gwyneth Watkins, could see Lewis School Pengam during a visit to her childhood home in the Rhymney Valley from Bournemouth, where she currently lives. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The school also happily obliged in arranging the reunion of Gwyneth with her old school friend David Williams. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The day was a great success thanks to the hard work of both pupils and staff at Lewis School Pengam, with the two friends falling into conversation and reminiscing about their school days. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

A delighted Gwyneth said: “It was lovely to see David again. He is still the interesting, knowledgeable and humorous person that he was all those years ago”. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Mr Mike Oliver, Assistant Head Teacher at Lewis School Pengam said: “I am delighted that the reunion between Gwyneth Watkins and David Williams was such a great success. To see two friends come together after more than 60 years apart was a wonderful thing to see and it was as though they had never been apart. Thank you to everyone who made the reunion such a success”. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Cllr Derek Havard, Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning said: “Well done to everyone who was involved in the fantastic reunion between Gwyneth Watkins and David Williams. The event was clearly a huge success and I hope that Gwyneth and David will be able to meet again at the Lewis School Pengam Lunch Club”. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

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