Friends reunited

Sharon Swanton, left, is reunited with her long lost friend, Diane Price, and her purse, which was missing for years, after it was found at Hesketh Fletcher School, pictured with the purse and photograph which was published in the Wigan Evening Post.
Sharon Swanton, left, is reunited with her long lost friend, Diane Price, and her purse, which was missing for years, after it was found at Hesketh Fletcher School, pictured with the purse and photograph which was published in the Wigan Evening Post.

THE discovery of a purse hidden in an Atherton school has led to two old friends being reunited after nearly 40 years.

An appeal for the owner of the leather purse that was found on the site of the former Hesketh Fletcher School in Atherton was made and friends of Sharon Swanton, who lives in Atherton and attended the school in the 1970s, saw the story in our sister paper the Wigan Evening Post and notified her.

Sharon said: “I recognised my friend Diane in them straightaway and then realised I was there as well.

“It must have been my purse because the picture says ‘Me and Diane’ on the back, although I can’t remember it.”

Hesketh Fletcher closed in 2011 but workers are currently renovating the site as part of it will be used for the soon to open Atherton Community School.

Mum-of-two Sharon, who has been married to husband Paul for 29 years, said: “Diane and I had lost touch but I’ve since found out we live quite close to each other and we were able to meet.”