Country music fan Sylvia Hepworth enjoyed a very special reunion with a member of her favourite band at the Poole care home where she is a resident.
Sylvia, who lives at The Laurels & Pine Lodge in Foxholes Road, Oakdale, was visited by Bernie Tinsley and his wife Marilyn whom she had not seen for 20 years.
Bernie was a member of a country band called Double Eagle of whom Sylvia is a huge fan and who she used to see play in Poole’s Gasworks Club in the early 1970s.
Having become friends with the band, in particular Bernie and Marilyn, Sylvia attended lots of their concerts including going on holiday to a Country Music Week at Pontins in Bream Sands where Double Eagle was appearing.
Sadly, Sylvia lost contact with them. However, when Paul Spencer, one of the Laurels’ favourite singers was performing for residents, Sylvia asked for some country music and later discussed Double Eagle with him. Amazingly, Paul knew Bernie through the local music scene and contacted him. Bernie called The Laurels, and the reunion took place.
Ellen Cattell, The Laurels’ interim manager, said: “It was such a wonderful and happy reunion for the three of them. They spent a lot of time reminiscing and sharing some happy memories together. Thank you to Paul for making this get together possible. It means so much to all of us.”