A RAMSEY man was reunited with a school friend he hadn t seen for more than 65 years ... after bumping into him at a museum. Ted Howard, 81, and Norman Warrington, 76, met again at a plough day at Ramsey Rural Museum. Mr Howard, who moved to Ramsey when h
A RAMSEY man was reunited with a school friend he hadn't seen for more than 65 years ... after bumping into him at a museum.
Ted Howard, 81, and Norman Warrington, 76, met again at a plough day at Ramsey Rural Museum.
Mr Howard, who moved to Ramsey when he retired at the age of 66, said: "I saw Norman walking around the museum and I knew it was him straight away as he looked just like his dad.
"At first, I couldn't believe my eyes. I went over and said hello and we stood chatting about old times for what must have been six hours.
"It was marvellous to see him and it bought back so many memories."
The pair were separated in 1939 when Mr Warrington moved away with his family to live on a farm in March.
As boys they had walked to Mereside Primary School together every day and had lived next to each other in Mereside.
Mr Howard, who lived at Mereside Farm, said: "We were neighbours even though we lived 600 yards apart. We did everything together.
"As children we used to roam about the Fens all day long, catching pike and making bow and arrows out of things we found on the ground. Our families were also close and my parents, three sisters and one brother used to spend Christmas at Howard's house."
It was only a matter of time before fate bought the pair back together because Mr Warrington, who has three sisters and four brothers, has been helping at Ramsey Rural Museum where Mr Howard is a frequent visitor.
Mr Howard, who has worked on farms all his life, said: "I can't believe we have never seen each other before. It is such a small world."
Both men are planning to stay in touch as Norman is helping Ted to finish his life story entitled Life On The Fen Edge, which is due to be published later this month.