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Ex-café owner hopes for sweet reunion

Lonely ... Joseph Butcher, also pictured below, is hoping to find his old friend Edith.

Lonely ... Joseph Butcher, also pictured below, is hoping to find his old friend Edith.

A FORMER café owner from South Shields is hoping to reunite with a long-lost friend after more than 40 years.

Widower Joseph Butcher, 82, last saw friend and colleague Edith in the 1970s, when he ran his business in the town.

The former waitress, who was about 35 at the time, used to bring her daughter into the eatery, and Mr Butcher 
said they were “both well dressed”.

The lonely father-of-two and grandfather-of-two is now hoping for a reunion with the Edith, whose surname he can’t remember, as they “got on very well”.

“I’m an old man,” he said. “I’m lonely, and I’m just wondering if she is feeling the same.

“We knew each while we worked together and got on well. That was about 45 years ago.”

Mr Butcher, who now lives in Billy Mill Lane, North Shields, owned Pickwick Café in Prudhoe Street, South Shields, in the ’70s.

“I bumped into her a few years ago in Cramlington,” said Mr Butcher.

“But she was with her daughter, who was driving, and seemed keen to get away quickly.

“They drove away quickly and disappeared in a cloud of dust.

“If anyone knows the lady, please get in contact.”

n Mr Butcher can be contacted on 0191 257 2462.

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