Do you know ‘Darling Barry’ from 1952 letter?

Kelly Lee has found a love letter outside the Mereside shops, dated 1952.  She is pictured with Ozzy Kay, Daisy Kay and Jonathan Howson.
Kelly Lee has found a love letter outside the Mereside shops, dated 1952. She is pictured with Ozzy Kay, Daisy Kay and Jonathan Howson.
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A mum-of-four who was walking her kids to school found a love letter dating back over 60 years.

Kelly Lee was taking her 10-year-old son Jonathan Howson and five-year-old daughter Daisy Kay to Mereside Primary School when she saw pieces of the letter blowing across the carpark in Langdale Road.

Kelly Lee has found a love letter outside the Mereside shops, dated 1952.

Kelly Lee has found a love letter outside the Mereside shops, dated 1952.

After picking two of the pages up and chasing after another, Kelly realised the letter’s scrawled handwriting matched that found on an old envelope her eldest child, James Howson, 12, found the night before.

She took the partial letter home and what she read almost had her in tears.

Written by a woman called Amy on off-white paper, the five page letter - which is missing two pages - is addressed to Barry Glam and is post-stamped 1952.

Kelly now hopes The Gazette’s readers can help reunite the letter with its rightful owner.

The 36-year-old, of Hawkshead Terrace, said: “It was just blowing around the carpark by the shops. I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be nice if it was the letter to go with the envelope James found,’ and it was.

“I’m an old sentimental and I had a lump in my throat reading the letter. Amy has put little notes on the top of the letter and at the side.

“Somebody has held onto this letter for a long time and I would like to see if it can be returned to the right person.”

The letter, written on off-white paper, was found at around 8.20am last Thursday, while the envelope was found by James the afternoon before.

Although some crucial information has been gleamed from the letter, Amy’s scrawled handwriting and the age of the letter has left in barely legible in places.

Kelly said: “Barry seems to be in the armed forces and she has stayed behind,” she said.

“She talks about her day and asks him to keep safe.”

The letter was sent to West Camp in StAthan, a large military base in the Vale of Glamorgan and around three miles from Cardiff International Airport.

It was addressed to a maintenance unit within the compound’s metalworks and sent with a red stamp bearing the image of King George.

If you know of Amy or Barry, or can help, call Kelly on 079414 84126.

Billet-doux was sent to metalworks in Wales

The address on the envelope, which was postmarked in Blackpool, reads: B.A.S 360 ACI, Nandy or Handy D, 4 Flight E.R.W, 32 M.U Metalworks, West Camp, St Athan.

It is signed off by Amy with the words: “I love you, darling. I always will do.” MOD St Athan is a large military base near St Athan in south Wales. It has been home to the RAF No. 4 School of Technical Flight - where non-aircraft ground engineering technicians are schooled - since 1936.

The 32 Maintenance Unit (MU) where Barry seems to have been working, was formed by airman in 1939.

It is still based at the site.