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Bringing families together

Two weekly newspapers have helped to bring readers together with long lost family members.

The Bury Times helped reunite six brothers and sisters who had not seen each other for 46 years after one of them contacted the paper.

Margaret Plummer, now 63, was six when she and her siblings, Hugh, Alice, James, John and Stephen were taken into care after their mother fell ill, and she had not had any contact with any of them since.

Mrs Plummer, said: “I had been trying to track down my family for a few months but kept coming up against a blank wall.

“It was not until I contacted the Bury Times that the ball started rolling. The phone was ringing non-stop with information.”

Meanwhile, two cousins have been reunited after more than 60 years thanks to the Croydon Guardian.

The pair were brought together for the first time since before the Second World War after they both responded to an appeal in the Guardian for contributions to a new local history book.

Researchers of the book made the connection after Cliff Marlowe and Brian Roote both volunteered to be interview about their family-run business.

After being reunited, Brian said: “Cliff and I are kindred spirits. We’re so happy to have found one another and we intend to keep it that way.”

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