Article points mum towards long lost relative

Barbara Trippier has found her long lost cousin Bessie Fry in Barrow after seeing an article in the Daily Express.
Barbara Trippier has found her long lost cousin Bessie Fry in Barrow after seeing an article in the Daily Express.
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A FYLDE coast mum has shared her excitement after stumbling across a long-lost cousin in a newspaper article.

Barbara Trippier, 73, who is originally from Barrow, had lost contact with Bessie Fry, 92, (right with husband John) before reading about her 70th wedding anniversary in the town’s paper - the North West Evening Mail.

And after getting in touch with each other through the newspaper, the pair are now planning an eagerly awaited reunion.

Mrs Trippier (top), of Branksome Avenue, Thornton, told The Gazette: “I always wondered what had happened to her and I didn’t even know if she was alive or not. We spoke on the phone, which was nice, and it’s all quite exciting really.”

During an emotional phone call the pair talked about their parents and their time apart.

Mrs Fry’s mother, Margaret Cameron, and Mrs Trippier’s mother, Sophia Ballantyne, were part of a large family with 14 children in total.

Mrs Trippier moved to Cleveleys, at the age of 17 with her mother. After two years living there Sophia married her childhood sweetheart, Bob.

Mrs Fry said she was looking forward to the meeting.

She added: “It will be nice to see her. We will have a lot to talk about. It is a long, long time since I saw her. Maybe about 40 or 50 years now.

“She was only a girl then.”

Mrs Trippier added that during her return to Barrow, which she hopes to visit next month, she would also like to find out more about her father John Millar-Ballantyne, who served in the Second World War..

She is unsure what happened to him after 1940 when he went missing during the war and hopes that Mrs Fry may have some information to help her fill in the gaps in her knowledge. A FYLDE coast mum has shared her excitement after stumbling across a long-lost cousin in a newspaper article.

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