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Long-awaited get-together for friends from opposite sides of world
6:00pm Tuesday 10th September 2013 in Harwich and Manningtree News
IT took almost 60 years, but a Harwich woman has finally met her penpal from ‘down under’ face to face for the first time.
Jackie Aldridge was just 11 when she struck up a long-distance friendship with New Zealander Carol Marcroft.
The penpals have exchanged hundreds of letters and emails over the years, but never got round to visiting each other.
Now they have finally met face to face after an astonishing 58 years in an emotional get-together at a West End hotel.
Mrs Aldridge said: "My husband and I took her to see all the sights - Buckingham Palace, The Mall, Nelson's Column and Horse Guards Parade.
"She said she wished she had come when she was 17!"