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Do you know my best man? Former Gloucester groom wants to get back in touch after more than 40 years

By Ben_Falconer  |  Posted: March 10, 2014

David Baldwin (left) and Peter Jones (right)

David Baldwin (left) and Peter Jones (right)

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SEPARATED for more than 40 years, Peter Jones is issuing a plea for his best man to get in touch.

When Peter said “I do” to Averill Hanson in 1962, his mate David Baldwin was by his side in Hartpury church with the rings at the ready.

But after Peter and his wife emigrated to Australia in 1969, they lost touch.

Now through the Gloucester Citizen and www.gloucestercitizen.co.uk, Peter, from Melbourne, hopes to be reunited.

“We both worked at a Leyland garage at Wotton Pitch in Gloucester, back in 1955,” said Peter, 77.

“We both went in to the forces to do National Service, me to the Far East and he to Africa and when we came back we went around together.

“His family were strict Salvation Army people and he played the trombone. They used to go from pub to pub, playing, and I would go around with the hat collecting the money.

“He courted a girl called Margaret who from the school of domestic science and went to Westgate Garage in Gloucester.

“That’s where I met my future wife, Averill.”

Averill, now 71, was from Highleadon where her family ran the filling station on the Newent - Gloucester Road, and they wed on September 29, 1962.

David was with them and they remained good mates until a move to Australia for Peter and Averill in 1969.

“I think they got involved in caring for underprivileged children andI have a feeling they may have followed that as a career,” said Peter, who before he married Averill, lived in Brockworth with his sister Kay Pyart.

“We just lost touch. I have managed to find two or three people from the past thanks to the power of the internet and the newspapers and I hope I can find David too.

“He was a really nice man, and Margaret was lovely too.

“It would be great to make contact again. It’s been a very long time - too long.”

Peter has three grown-up children and seven great grandchildren, and last visited the UK in 1989.

*Can you help put Peter Jones and David Baldwin back in touch?

Call the Gloucester Citizen news desk on 01452 698 821 or email citizen.news@glosmedia.co.uk

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