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“One in a million chance”

Thursday, 4th December, 2014

After a chance meeting, sisters (left) Carolyn Banning and Sally Paul had a reunion dinner last night with godmother (middle) Geraldine Dickson. The sisters recently found Geraldine after looking for her for many years. After a chance meeting, sisters (left) Carolyn Banning and Sally Paul had a reunion dinner last night with godmother (middle) Geraldine Dickson. The sisters recently found Geraldine after looking for her for many years.

By Emily Roberts

A chance visit to one of the local clubs saw visitor Geraldine Dickson run into her goddaughter - whom she hasn’t seen in over 40 years.

Geraldine and her partner Robert Shurville, who are visiting from Talem Bend, SA, were dining at the Musicians Club when they struck up a conversation with a woman.

“We started a conversation and Geraldine mentioned she used to live in Cockburn. The woman said she was born in Cockburn,” Robert said.

Geraldine mentioned her name and the woman, Carolyn Banning (formerly Goldring), told her that she was her godmother.

“She said ‘you might be my godmother’,” Geraldine said.

“I was friends with Carolyn’s parents before I moved from Cockburn in 1971.

“Carolyn kept her baptism certificate on her, because she was hoping to met her godmother.

“It is a one in a million chance.”

Geraldine and Robert have been spending the rest of their visit catching up with Carolyn and her sister Sally Paul, who is also Geraldine’s goddaughter.

“Their mother was the first one to welcome me to Cockburn when I moved,” she said.

“My daughters are the same age as the girls.”

Carolyn said it was amazing that she ran into Geraldine.

“I’ve wanted to know who my godmother is, it’s quite remarkable,” she said.

“We easily could have missed each other.”

Sally said she was surprised when Carolyn called her.

“She said: ‘Do you have the same godmother as me?’,” Sally said.

“I said is it Geraldine? It’s very exciting.

“Godparents have an important role, it’s also a little piece into our past.

“It’s been a strong conversation piece in our family - we always wanted to know our godmother.”

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