AN Altrincham man is hoping Messenger readers can provide him with a Christmas miracle — a friend he lost contact with more than 50 years ago.

Geoff Gittins, of Dunham Rise, lost his much-loved wife Valerie in June and submitted a tribute piece to her in the Messenger.

He then received a letter of condolence from his friend, Keith John Davies, who he has not seen since he moved away from the area in the 1960s, however, Keith did not provide a forwarding address.

Geoff has since moved back to Altrincham and knows that Keith lives in the Urmston area but has had no luck in attempts to trace him via the telephone directory, internet or library searches.

“We were very good friends so I would very much like to get in touch with him again,” said Geoff.

The pair met as young boys when they both attended St Paul’s Youth Club in Sale and acted as best man at each other’s wedding, although according to Geoff, Keith’s mother-in-law did not approve of his choice.

“I think she thought I rather led him astray, we were always up to mischief.”
Geoff said one of his favourite memories of Keith was when they went to see Zulu at the old Gaumont Cinema in Manchester.

Upon questioning why Roman chariots were thundering across the screen, they were told by an unimpressed fellow viewer that they were sat in the wrong screen and they were in fact watching The Fall of the Roman Empire.

If you know or, indeed, are Keith Davies, contact Geoff on 0161 941 5890 or at 10 Dunham Rise, Racefield Road, Altrincham, WA14 2BB.