Grace amazed to be reunited with photos

A Berwick pensioner has been reunited with precious old photographs she thought she would never see again.

Thursday, 3rd May 2018, 14:00 pm
Updated Wednesday, 2nd May 2018, 11:30 am
Grace Friar is delighted to see some of her photographs again. Picture by Jane Coltman

The photographs, along with around £100 and bank cards, were in Grace Friar’s handbag and purse which were stolen from her Tweedmouth home in January.

Although those were never recovered, ITV Border came up trumps.

Last year it had produced a film on Grace, a volunteer at the Salvation Army’s Harvestfield furniture project.

Martin Donegan, communications officer at the Salvation Army, said: “When I heard about the theft, it occurred to me that ITV Border had scanned Grace’s photos for the film so I contacted Border Life presenter Fiona Armstrong to see if they still had the footage and if it could be used to reproduce the photos.

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“I’m delighted to say it was successful. I don’t think it’s all the photos Grace lost but hopefully it will bring her some joy in seeing them again.”

Lieutenant Andrew Manley, Commanding Officer at the Salvation Army in Berwick, presented Grace with the photos on Friday.

“I am very pleased to see them,” she said.

“I’d like to thank ITV for their kindness and patience in doing this. It’s a great pleasure to accept them.”

She added: “Sometimes people think the world is very bad but there is a lot of good around and some very nice people.”

Lt Manley said: “It’s just nice to be able to give something back to Grace that has been taken from her because she gives so much to others in so many ways.”

Grace’s dedication was recognised last summer with a lifetime achievement award from the North Northumberland Voluntary Forum.

Grace, who has lived in Berwick all her life, had her passion to help other people sparked during her time serving in a Second World War naval hospital when she was in the Women’s Royal Naval Service.