Heather Weeks found an old friend at the Junabee Hall.
Heather Weeks found an old friend at the Junabee Hall.

Two lost friends' chance encounter

THIRTY-THREE years ago, across the globe, in a land where patches on your jacket’s elbows signified aristocracy, and brambling, deer stalking and observing otters at play was part of an average day, two women forged a friendship.

But life threw up obstacles and it wasn’t until a chance meeting at a Southern Downs dance that these women found each other again.

Warwick woman Heather Weeks and her partner often support the district’s small community halls but last Saturday Junabee Hall unveiled a lost friend she hadn’t seen since her employment in Scotland, three decades ago.

“We were at the dance and we walked in, sat down chatting away and I saw this lady dancing and I thought, ‘Gosh that reminds me of Christine Trehearn’,” Ms Weeks said.

“Over the next half an hour I watched her as I couldn’t believe how someone could resemble someone so greatly.”

After some time had passed, after a bit of encouragement from friends and an inquisitive nature, Ms Weeks finally plucked up the courage to see if this was indeed the friend she had spent a Scotland summer with in 1977.

“It was her, after all these years.

“What a coincidence, and at Junabee of all places. A little country hall. It’s mind-blowing,” she laughed.

“I think we had two dances all night we were so busy talking.”

Ms Weeks and Christine Trehearn fell in love with Scotland while they worked at the Isle of Skye at the Kinloch Lodge Hotel.

“It was an old hunting lodge where the wealthy stalked deer, fished for salmon and watched the otters play,” Ms Weeks said.

“Wild blackberries grew everywhere so Christine and I often went brambling, made jams and had picnics. We were such great friends.”

Since their chance encounter, Ms Weeks said she has spent the past week looking through her photos and reflecting on the memories from Scotland and her now found friend.

“We won’t let so much time pass before we see each other again.”



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