• Experience: I've been writing to my pen pal for 81 years

    4 monthes ago - By The Guardian

    Renée was 11 and lived near Lyon. I'd never been to France - this was before the war, and it seemed as unlikely as going to Mars It was more than 80 years ago that I wrote my first letter to Paul and Renée. I was about 13, at Washington secondary school in County Durham. Paul was the same age as me, his sister Renée was two years younger, and they lived in Vienne , south of Lyon in France. I liked learning languages, so I was pleased when my French teacher assigned us pen pals. I wrote my letter in French and told them my age and that I liked football. I'd never been to France; this was...
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