Aussies plea for return of their treasured memories
PUBLISHED: 16:58 24 June 2009 | UPDATED: 10:40 12 August 2010
AN EX-PAT from Australia had his camera stolen containing hundreds of photographs of his relatives from his last visit to England. Eric Falmer, 64, a former St Mary s Cray resident who emigrated to Australia in 1962, returned to West Australia last Sund
AN EX-PAT from Australia had his camera stolen containing hundreds of photographs of his relatives from his last visit to England.
Eric Falmer, 64, a former St Mary's Cray resident who emigrated to Australia in 1962, returned to West Australia last Sunday without the hundred of mementoes from his three-month trip.
This includes a week in the Isle of Wight with his wife Joan, 66, formerly from Welling, to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary in the same spot as their honeymoon and trips to see their relatives in Plymouth, Wales and Liverpool.
The couple believe their silver Panasonic digital zoom camera was stolen from their Green Nissan Almera, whilst it was parked in the car park in Bexleyheath behind Townley Road library on Saturday, June 13 at approximately 2.30pm.
Mr Falmer, who says the couple will not return to England again as they are getting too old for the journey said: "My wife and I didn't sleep that night. It really took the edge off three months' of holiday. We were saddened and disappointed.
"We are not angry about what has happened d only very sad at our loss as it means so much to us. If the person who has the camera will, if nothing else, return the digital card we would be most grateful.
"It would be lovely to get it back."
The couple who live in the South West wine region of Australia, north of Perth, say England has changed thoroughly since they lived here.
The former Australian SAS soldier said: "It is good to come at this time, to see the greenery. Where we come from it is a different kind of beauty, although there are too many cars in England. The country has changed so much since I have been away. It looks a bit tired now."
The camera or 8GB memory card can be returned to Kentish Times offices at Roxby House, 20-22 Station Road, Sidcup, DA15 7EJ.