Diamond day brings back memories of 1977 for Patti

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AN appeal is going out in a bid to reunite three families who last met while celebrating the births of children on the same day as the Queen’s silver jubilee.

Patti Parker, then known as Bell, was one of four women featured on the front of the News Guardian the week in 1977 that Queen Elizabeth II marked notching up 25 years on the throne.

The women all gave birth 35 years ago, on June 7, at the then Willington Quay Maternity Hospital, since closed.

Patti, of Monkseaton, and her daughter Alison was pictured with Jacqueline Scott and her son Mark, of Marden; Linda Pattinson and her son John Steven, of Whitley Bay; and Sheila Earl and her daughter Susan, of North Shields.

The Queen’s forthcoming diamond jubilee has brought memories of that day back for Patti, and now she is hoping to get in touch with the other women in the photograph in the hope they can hold a reunion and jubilee celebration.

Patti hasn’t seen any of the other three women since and has no idea if they are still living in North Tyneside.

One person featured in the photograph who won’t be up for Patti’s proposed reunion is the baby called Lynn.

That’s because she doesn’t exist – well, not by that name anyway – and the then youngster, now 34, lives on the other side of the world.

“When the photo was taken I had decided to call by daughter Lynn, but then I changed my mind,” explained Patti. “Now she lives in Melbourne in Australia with her husband.

“Now the Queen’s diamond jubilee is coming up, I thought it would be lovely to see where all the other babies are 35 years on and what they are doing for this jubilee.

“It would be nice to find the other three women and see where the babies are now.”

Are you one of the other mums or tots in our photograph? If so, call reporter Tegan Chapman on (0191) 251 8484 and she’ll put you in touch with Patti.