Friends set to meet after decades apart

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.
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.
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FORMER friends are planning to get together again for the first time in decades, thanks to the News Guardian

In May, we put out an appeal in a bid to reunite four 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 page of the News Guardian of 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 were pictured with Jacqueline Scott and her son Mark, of Marden; Linda Pattinson and her son John, of Whitley Bay; and Sheila Earl and her daughter Susan, of North Shields.

The Queen’s diamond jubilee this year brought back memories of that day for Patti, and she got in touch with the News Guardian in the hope of arranging a reunion.

Patti – who changed her daughter’s name from Alison to Lynn shortly after the photo appeared in the paper – was keen to get in contact with the other mums and, thanks to our appeal, she has been able to catch up with two of them.

“With it being the Queen’s diamond jubilee year, 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,” she said.

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

Linda Pattinson, now living in Lesbury in Northumberland, said: “I am still in contact with Jackie.

“It’s great because we keep in contact via Christmas cards to let each other know what the families are up to.

“We have never missed a year sending Christmas cards. It’s nice to keep in touch after sharing the day together.”

Linda’s son John now lives in Otley, near Leeds, and Patti’s daughter Lynn lives in Melbourne, Australia.

Jacqueline Scott was pictured with her son Mark – and she too changed his name after the photograph was printed. Dan, as he is now known, is getting married in Jamaica later this year.

Linda added: “I used to meet up with Jackie for coffee when I lived in Whitley Bay, but then we moved away.

“It would be lovely to meet all the mums again.

“I have just had my 60th birthday, so I am a coronation child as well, so it is a special year.”

Also featured in the photograph was Sheila Earl and her daughter Susan, of North Shields.

The mums are now hoping to arrange a reunion but have yet to decide on a date.