Two residents at Brendoncare homes were both enjoying fish and chips at Brendoncare Park Road when they recognised each other, after not seeing each other for 76 years.
Don Raymont at Brendoncare Park Road and Marjorie Johnstone from Brendoncare Meadway both went to Stanmore Primary School, Winchester. After moving to secondary school in the early 1940s their lives took different directions and their paths did not cross again until recently.
After leaving school, Don Raymont completed an apprenticeship as a tool maker on the Isle of Wight. He has spent most of his life in Winchester, working as a tool maker and works manager. He was married for 48 years, until his wife passed away. He had two children and has three grand children and three great-grandchildren. He has always been a very keen swimmer and swam every day. He held the record for 50m butterfly in the over 80s category at Winchester Penguin Seniors swimming club.
Marjorie Johnstone was born in Hampshire and after leaving school she trained in shorthand and typing and joined the Ministry of Agriculture as a secretary. She particularly enjoyed the farm visits her boss took her on as she has always been a keen animal lover.
Don Raymont said “It was lovely to see Marjorie again after all these years. She was known as ‘blondie’ at school and was very popular with all the boys! I hope we remain in touch with each other”.