Pensioner searches for school friend 50 years on

Angela studies the school photo in which she and Ethel are pictured

Angela studies the school photo in which she and Ethel are pictured

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A PENSIONER has made a desperate appeal to track down a school friend she hasn’t seen in more than half a century.

Angela Downie lost touch with best friend Ethel Davie after they left Darroch Secondary School in 1962, and has been trying to find her ever since.

The 67-year-old has trawled websites, advertised in newspapers and organised reunions in the hope that her “vivacious” and “fabulous” friend would make an appearance, but all to no avail.

Angela does not know whether Ethel is alive or dead, and is looking for clues in a last-ditch bid to track down her long-lost friend. She said: “I have tried everything. I have also tried Facebook and Google. Her surname has an unusual spelling so I have emailed the people who have that spelling.

“But if she’s married, which I’m sure she will be, I don’t know what her married name would be.”

Nearly 40 old boys and girls turned up to a West Mains reunion two years ago but unfortunately Ethel was not among them.

Angela is also still in touch with eight of the girls in her school photograph and last had lunch with them in May.

Angela and Ethel grew up together in West Mains and quickly became inseparable after Angela moved up from London in 1957.

Angela lived on Lussielaw Road, while Ethel lived nearby on Rankin Drive.

They went to Girl Guides together at the Reid Memorial Church on West Saville Terrace, and used to attend a youth club known as the Green Light Club which was run by Reverend Stewart at Viewforth Church.

If they had a bit of pocket money, would go to Di Marco’s Cafe on Melville Drive for a Coke ice cream float .

The pair also used to play Anthony Newley records and jive to them and shared the same group of friends who used to go rambling and berry-picking on Blackford Hill.

Angela said: “We were absolutely best friends. We were inseperable. I have never forgotten her and I am desperate to find her. I have talked about her many times over the years, and it would be absolutely fabulous to find her.

“She was fabulous, with bright red hair and a vivacious personality.

“The last I saw of her must be the year I left school in 1962 but it’s hard to remember. I don’t know how we lost touch.”

It is understood that Ethel went into the General Post Office as a telephonist but may have moved away from the area.

Her father worked as a bus driver with Edinburgh Corporation, while her mother worked in a wool shop on Ratcliffe Terrace.

n If you have seen Ethel or know where she might be found, please contact the Evening News on 0131-311 7524 or john.connell@edinburghnews.com