Carer uses Memory Lane to reunite talented Grantham tennis players

Photo from Babette Hay of the ladies tennis team in 1955 or 56.
Photo from Babette Hay of the ladies tennis team in 1955 or 56.
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In June Babette Hay from Manthorpe Road gave the Journal this photograph dating back to 1955 or 56.

It is of herself and other members of Grantham Tennis Club’s ladies team who during that season were unbeaten and won the southern section of Lincolnshire LTA‘s Division Two.

Ethel Hewes and Babette Hay reunited this year.

Ethel Hewes and Babette Hay reunited this year.

Alongside Babette (pictured third from left), is Ethel Hewes (fifth from left), who is currently a resident at St Edmund’s care home on Worcester Road.

On seeing the picture included in Memory Lane, one of Ethel’s carers, Katarzyna Cunnington, contacted the tennis club where Babette Hay still plays regularly at the age of 94.

Consequently Katarzyna was able to arrange for Babette to be at Ethel’s 101st birthday party.

The pair had not seen each other for over 40 years, and Babette said: “It was wonderful to see Ethel again. I think she was a bit overwhelmed with all the people there, so I’m going to go back and see her at the home so we can talk some more .”