A search for a long-lost friend

Date published: 01 December 2019

An 85-year-old man is keen to find an old schoolfriend from Middleton.

Fred Baxter, now of Cheshire, met his friend Darrell Allen when they were younger at Elm Street School in Middleton, leaving in 1948.

After last encountering him 20 years ago, Mr Baxter hopes to find his long-lost friend, who is believed to live in the OL11 area.

He said: “I’d simply discovered that I hadn’t seen him in so long, and it would be nice to get back in touch.

“I’ve checked the obituaries and couldn’t find him, so I’m just hoping he’s still out there.”

Mr Baxter shares many fond memories of his childhood with his friend, particularly school activities.

He said: “Darrell was amazing with woodwork, and even though it was just after the war, and materials were sparse, he’d manage to create something out of nothing.

“One time I remember he managed to make a wardrobe, while I made a cigarette box.”

Mr Allen is believed to be married to Anne, with four children of their own, and three children from a previous marriage.

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