Noel S. Brien - July '06
The visit to Ontario (mentioned in April/06 posting)
took place last month. What an experience, as Frank
and Rosemary Blair graciously received my wife and me
in their Elora home, for two men in their 70s to meet
again after 65 years! Thanks again YPAM for this success.
Frank and I keep hoping that someday, somehow, we will
also find former Strandburn Drive neighbours Margaret
and Irene Patterson.
Noel S. Brien - April '06
Immediately on seeing Frank Blair's e-mail address I
sent him a message, and was delighted to receive a phone
call from him a few days ago - our first contact since
1941! On discovering that both the Blairs and ourselves
plan to visit Ontario soon, we have arranged to meet
there. Already it has come to light that we even have
some family 'connections' and mutual acquaintances,
including another former Strandburn Drive resident -
Mrs. Doreen Black - who, along with myself and seven
other interviewees, appeared in the recent BBC Blitz
documentary "The Evacuees".
It is hoped that further information from these contacts
may yet lead to finding former wartime neighbours Margaret
and Irene Patterson, last known to have lived somewhere
in British Columbia, Canada.
Many thanks to BBC/NI and YPAM for making all this possible.
After Noel Brien's appeal for information
about his old neighbours, Frank Blair contacted YPAM
to leave the message below, and as you can see Noel
is keen to follow up on this new development. YPAM has
passed on the relevant contact details.
Frank Blair - April '06
Noel, I have been waiting for you to get in
touch. My email address is:- orish4000 (replace with
Frank Blair - August 2004
The Blair's lived at 29 Strandburn Drive and were very
friendly with the Patterson's. Mrs. Patterson &
Mrs. Blair both came from Scotland. The Patterson's
moved to 74 Station Road, Sydenham. The Blair's and
the Patterson's remained friends after the Pattersons
moved to Canada, first to BC, they then returned to
Belfast and emigrated once again to Canada. At this
stage they lost contact.
Noel S. Brien - November 2004
It is a great pleasure to have found (Nov 27/04) Frank
Blair's Aug /04 response. I would like to correspond
with him about it, if he is willing. Was number 29 next
door to the Pattersons, or across the street? I recall
the names Blair and Loftus from those days when I was
six years old and attending Strand Elementary School.
Please pass this message, including my Email address
below, to Frank with my greetings. Thanks for the good
work of YP&M.
Brian Walker from Eltham, London had e-mailed
I am trying to trace my relatives who are from Belfast
and have had no luck whatsoever. I would be grateful
if anyone was able to help. My late father was born
in Wier Street, Belfast in 1913. He had a brother Frank
who was born in 1908. He may be deceased by now but
I know he had a large family. I also think he and his
family emigrated but I am not sure. His last known address
was 23 Runnymede Parade but the trail went cold from
there, apart from talk that the family moved to a place
called Dunmurry. I would be very grateful for any assistance.
Brian then sent the following e-mail:
I am very pleased to inform you that I have contacted
my long lost cousins. I would like to take this opportunity
to thank everybody who helped in my search for the missing
Walkers from Runnymede Parade, notably Mrs Annie Smith
of Donegal Avenue and the lovely lady from no20 who
did her utmost to help us. I must also add that I felt
really at home when I was visiting my father's home
city and I only wish that I could have come to Belfast
20 years ago and then I would have met my uncle Frank
and Frank's children would have met my father and me.
I will look forward to Easter to introduce the rest
of my family to their cousins. Best Wishes.