Old school friends reunited after decades

PUBLISHED: 12:12 08 February 2013 | UPDATED: 12:12 08 February 2013

Marlene Wise and Jean Johnson

Marlene Wise and Jean Johnson


Since the day they left secondary school 63 years ago, the paths of friends Jean Johnson and Marlene Wise never crossed despite living close to each other.

The two had shared the same classes for four years before leaving school aged 15, but decades would pass before they would meet again.

By coincidence they both moved into Watling Court care home in Gravesend within a week of each other.

Jean recounts: “I walked into the lounge and I knew who she was straight away. I said ‘Marlene, what are you doing here’?”

Home manager Zena Thomas said the long-lost friends had become inseparable and were well-known for their double act.

She said: “It’s touching to see how close they are. We read about old people being lonely so much, but Marlene and Jean prove that you’re never too old to make or renew a friendship.”

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