Family falls in line to celebrate John's big day
IT has been three long decades since brothers John and Douglas Crawford sat down together with their sisters Leslie and Marion for a nice cup of tea.
But this time it was champagne that was the drink of the day to help celebrate a very special family reunion in Douglas's Churchdown home.
John had travelled the 10,000 miles from his home in Merimbula, Australia to see his siblings and celebrate his 90th birthday.
The foursome met up with 18 other relatives before having a birthday lunch for John at the Gupshill Manor near Tewkesbury.
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The family has a strong Navy connection as Douglas, 88, was a lieutenant commander and John was a captain. Sister Leslie, 92, owned Rankine Taylor Antiques in Cirencester and Marion, 91, had travelled down from Glasgow to join in the party.
Douglas's daughter, Lindsay Delaunoy, said it was a wonderful occasion, but it will probably be the last time they will all be together.
"It was lovely seeing them reminiscing about their childhoods and listening to family stories about growing up," she said.
"They have been getting the photos out and talking about what life used to be like.
"John has been over here for three weeks and has certainly packed a lot in.
"It has been home from home for him as the weather has been better here than in Australia.
"He went to Edinburgh to see the Air Tattoo and had a tour of the Bank of Scotland where his grandfather was once the governor.
"John also went to London for a tour round Greenwich and the Thames. They've all travelled a long way to be together, but it's certainly been worth it."
The last time the four brothers and sisters met was 30 years ago at a family do in Glasgow.