Eddie thanks the ‘power of the press’ for reuniting him with sister he never knew

Pensioner Eddie Navin with a photo of his sister Mary whom he has been reunited with after 61 years.

A LOCAL pensioner has praised “the power of the press” for helping him revive contact with his sister after more than 60 years.

In a story that could be lifted straight from the script of ‘Surprise Surprise’, war veteran Eddie Navin (88) lost touch with his family in the 1950s.


Thanks to a chance letter to the Yorkshire Evening Post just a few weeks ago though, the Leeds native has been reunited with the sister he never knew.

Speaking to the Strabane Chronicle from his home at Colman Fold, Eddie’s story is both poignant and ultimately uplifting, beginning in war torn Britain in 1942.

“I served in the army from 1942 until 1947 and during that time I met my wife Roseanne Nelson who was from Sion Mills,” Eddie said.

“We were married in 1945 and she was living in Warrington at the time. Roseanne didn’t like Leeds at all so when I came out of the army we moved to Warrington where I worked as a driver.”


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