Together again after more than 50 years

Rght to left, Jane Ridley (nee Dickinson), Matt Dickinson, Jim Dickinson and Bill (Willie) Dickinson.
Rght to left, Jane Ridley (nee Dickinson), Matt Dickinson, Jim Dickinson and Bill (Willie) Dickinson.

The Bamburgh Castle Hotel was the venue for a very special happy family reunion.

Sister and brothers Jane Ridley (nee Dickinson), Matt Dickinson, Jim Dickinson and Bill (Willie) Dickinson hadn’t been together since 1955 at their then home of Little Houghton when elder brother Matt bid farewell to his family as he left for Australia with his wife Mary and their three children.

Matt and Mary went on to have three more children in Australia.

Jim married Irene and is now settled in Belford. Bill (Willie) also emigrated and married Ethel, the girl he met on the journey to Australia.

Jane married Tony and they have finally settled in West Berkshire.

But the gathering was also tinged with sadness as the four siblings survived their brothers Angus and Ridley.

Angus also emigrated to Australia where his family contentedly live.

However, Ridley’s widow Winifred and his two children were present at the gathering.

Pictured, from left, are Bill, Jim and Matt Dickinson and Jane Ridley.