A Digital Love Story
Childhood sweethearts reunited through Facebook
Childhood sweethearts Joyce and Eddie first met back in 1951
when they both worked at United Dairies in New Eltham. Joyce was 15
and Eddie was 17.
Eddie then had to go to Egypt at 18 in 1952
and Joyce wrote to him all the time. When he was demobbed in 1954
and returned to Green Lane, they didn’t get together and ended up
marrying others – marriages that both ended in divorce, Joyce's in
1976 and Eddie's in 1984. Since then Eddie had been looking
for Joyce but to no avail, because he only knew Joyce’s surname
before she got married.
12 months ago Joyce moved into one of Affinity
Sutton’s Retirement Developments in Haywards Heath to remain
independent and meet others.
Eddie is a Doris Day fan, so when Joyce heard
a recent interview with Doris regarding her latest CD, Joyce fondly
thought of Eddie and decided to type his name into her Facebook
page. Low and behold his page came up with his photograph and she
sent him a message. He replied straight away saying
he had wondered about her for many years.
Eddie phoned Joyce on 4th September
this year to ask if she’d like to visit. Joyce arrived that very
afternoon. Even now, aged 75 and 77, the feelings are the same.
Joyce will be moving to his home at the end of
November and they will be married on 20th December 2011.
Eddie says he always knew they would be together again one day and
never gave up hope. Hooray for Facebook!