Charming love letters sent by a lovestruck teenage girl to a boy she fancied in the 1950s have been found hidden behind an old chest of drawers.
The 65-year-old notes are thought to have been sent by a girl called Mary Dixon to her boyfriend Peter White.
He is thought to have immigrated to Australia with his parents when he was younger which meant the couple couldn’t stay together.
Jenny and Terry Neale, of Essex, found the love notes carefully kept in a Elastoplast tin whilst clearing out their home recently.
Many of the notes were touchingly signed HOLLAND – meaning Hope our Love Lasts and Never Dies.
Jenny, 26, said: “We found a newspaper from 1953 and with a first aid tin.
“It was really sweet when we found all these love letters left behind.
“We couldn’t believe it and thought we can’t just get rid of it.
“It is still so special.
“We have tracked Mary’s family down and are meeting up with them in August.”
Jenny claimed that Mary sadly died in a few years ago.
Mary’s nephew, Simon Dixon got in touch with Jenny saying that she had spoken about Peter before.
Terry, 25, added: “After speaking to the family all the pieces fit together.”
“It had letters sent from Mary to another chap from the time, Peter, and they were still intact.”
The letters are addressed to Peter White from Mary Dixon in lived in Stoke with one signed with SWALK meaning ‘sealed with a loving kiss’.
One letter says: “Dear Peter, thank your sister for the books. My birthday is on December 26. You need not be afraid I won’t like you because I do very much.
“I am very sorry you can’t come down.
“With all my love, Mary.
“P.S. I hope you know what HOLLAND means.”
Another letter wrote: “Dear Peter, please forgive me for not writing but I have had to practice netball and please excuse the writing.
“I have not had a letter off one of the girls. I hope you still like me, as I was told you don’t.”
Unfortunately, handwriting has started to fade towards the end of the note.
Peter is thought to have moved to Australia with his family in the 1950s and the reason behind why the letters were kept and stored in secret behind a drawer.