A child’s birthday card has been reunited with its rightful owner, 25 years after it was written.
Last week, the ‘Journal’ ran an appeal from Waterside woman Maisie Crawford, who had discovered the card in the back of a photo frame she’d bought in the St Vincent De Paul shop.
The card was written - in German - to a toddler called Ciara, who was about to turn three in December 1989.
It was signed off, ‘1,000 kisses, Tina.’
The card belonged to Ciara Flegg, whose mother Cecile, originally from Germany had been living in Derry for many years.
Cecile’s sister Tina - Ciara’s aunt - had written the affectionately worded card in Germany and posted it to her niece who lived in Derry.
“I can’t believe its turned up after all these years,” Ciara, now 27, told the ‘Journal’ this week as she received the card from Maisie.
Ciara’s mother Cecile said she often puts cards away for safe keeping, although she never dreamed one would end up in a charity shop.
“It’s just really nice to have it back. I think it’s wonderful that Maisie came forward and that the card turned up like that. We told my sister Tina, who is in Germany, all about the story and she couldn’t believe it. It was actually Ciara’s friend Roisin who saw the story and she knew straight away that it was probably Ciara.
“The card was written in German because Ciara is bilingual, German was her first language,” added Cecile.
Maisie said she was delighted to be able to hand the card back.
“I felt like I’d discovered a real wee treasure and I knew I had to try and find out the mystery of the card and who had written it originally. I’m just over the moon that I’ve been able to return it.”
As for Ciara, she said she’ll now treasure the card for the rest of her life.
“It’s amazing. I can’t believe its come all this way and it’s been quite emotional reading it so many years later,” she said.