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Emotional reunion for Gravesend’s ‘Oliver Twist’

PUBLISHED: 11:00 06 October 2011

Simon Jeffery with his wife Jayne and son Jack, 11, at St George's Crescent, Gravesend

Simon Jeffery with his wife Jayne and son Jack, 11, at St George's Crescent, Gravesend

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Almost 48 years after he was abandoned next to a pub toilet as a newborn, Simon Jeffery has been reunited with the couple who spotted him in an apple box and saved his life.

Nicknamed Oliver Twist by staff at Gravesend Hospital, the tot still had a wet umbilical cord when his birth mother left him at the Railway Tavern, now a McDonald’s restaurant, in Greenhithe, on October 23 1963.

He was discovered by Alan Jarvis, 83, and wife Peggy, 81, who now live in Eye, Sussex, and has been recently reunited with them for the first time in almost 48 years.

See this week’s Reporter for the full story.


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