I am searching for Joan Heather Gilmore, who was a girlfriend in our youthful years of 1939 and 1940. She is mentioned in my book Brighton Diaries.

Joan was then 15 years old, while I was 17. She worked at Vokins in North Street and lived at 183 Queen’s Park Road.

Like me, she attended St Luke’s Church.

In April 1939 she went on holiday to Dulverton, Somerset, which I believe was the place of her birth. She may have stayed with relatives.

When I left Brighton in December 1940, we kept in touch for a while. I seem to recall she left Vokins and became a GPO telephonist before possibly moving North in a reserved occupation.

Her mother lived in Brighton until about the 1960s.

A feature published in The Argus on Monday, January 8, 2001, related to an annual meeting of Canadian War Brides and a Joan Gilmore was mentioned.

I subsequently wrote to a girl whose letter appeared in The Argus on Saturday, February 3, 2001, but she was unable to trace a Joan Gilmore despite extensive enquiries.

Any information would be appreciated. Please write to 4 Whippingham Road, Brighton BN2 3PG, email ken.tuppenny@btinternet.com or call 01273 680002