Reunion fun for Doncaster residents

"The Quintet" - (from left) Ron Carr, Hilda Carr (n�e Snell), Betty Kinsella (n�e Pedley), Doris Whant (n�e Randall) and Brian Whant.
"The Quintet" - (from left) Ron Carr, Hilda Carr (n�e Snell), Betty Kinsella (n�e Pedley), Doris Whant (n�e Randall) and Brian Whant.
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From Doncaster to ‘Down Under’ – five former South Yorkshire residents have reunited on sunny distant shores.

This is the story of five people who were born and bred in the coal mining communities of Dunscroft and Rossington and who are now living very happy lives in Australia.

Quintet Ron Carr, Hilda Carr (née Snell), Betty Kinsella (née Pedley), Doris Whant (née Randall) and Brian Whant met up last month for an evening of reminscing - this was the first time all five had met up together.

Ron explained: “Betty Kinsella, 84, is the centre-pin of the group. She was born in Mayfield Avenue, Stainforth but lived most of her life in Lloyds Terrace in Dunscroft prior to leaving for Australia in 1969. Betty has lived all her ‘Aussie life’ in Newcastle, NSW. Brian was born and bred along the road at South End, Dunscroft, in 1941, and guess what? Betty babysat Brian in his early years!”

Ron, Brian’s cousin, was born in 1942 in Lloyds Terrace, as was Hilda in 1943. Ron and Hilda married in 1963, emigrating to Australia in 1968, they now live in the Barossa Valley.

By no means being the ‘odd man out’ in this picture is Doris who was born and bred in Rossington. She married Brian in 1961 and moved out to Australia in 1970.

Ron and Betty have always communicated whilst in Australia and exchanged visits a number of times. In the meantime Brian and Doris were busily living their lives and although both Ron and Betty knew that they were out in Australia they didn’t know where.

By chance, Ron was able to locate their whereabouts culminating with a meeting in their Gold Coast home in July 2011.

As a consequence, Brian has been somewhat reunited with his babysitter and now group visits - and talks about the old days – are frequent.