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Swedish-UK penpals celebrate 50th anniversary

The penpals pictured at their most recent meeting. Photo: Gary Carter

Published: 13.Jun.2018 15:06 hrs

Two women from Sweden and the UK are celebrating 50 years of a friendship that began with a school penpal project and has survived ever since.

Christine Power from Stalybridge, near Manchester in England, and Stockholm-based nurse Christina Hesselbäck, have been writing to each other since the age of 11.

The friendship began when Hesselbäck sent a letter to a Manchester school, after encouragement from her father and a teacher, who hoped it would help her to practice her English skills. Power’s teacher instructed the class to write back if they wanted to -- and the then 11-year-old did.

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