Christine Greenslade, 66, decided to trace the childhood chums she grew up with in Penzance, Cornwall. But when she got in touch to organize a get-together they were stunned to hear she was alive after reading of her 'untimely' death in 1980.
The mix-up happened when Ms Greenslade's mum Pamela died of cancer in 1980 and she wanted to let her former community know. Mother and daughter had both moved to Ipswich but Ms Greenslade phoned the local newspaper in their native Cornwall to place an obituary. The Cornishman printed a short notice but confused the two women's names and told readers that Ms Greenslade had died aged 34.
Ms Greenslade, a painter who now lives in France, never read the paper and was completely oblivious to the bungle. She finally discovered the gaffe after deciding to revisit her childhood home and phoning her best pals from St Gertrude's Convent. Four of the gang have now finally met up 50 years on from when they were last photographed together
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