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Michael swapped hills for mountains of California
9:00am Monday 16th September 2013 in News
THE generosity of a friend helps to keep one Malvern Gazette reader up to date with the latest news from his home town.
Michael Davies may have swapped the Malvern Hills for the Santa Monica Mountains almost 30 years ago but he is still sent copies of the newspaper by his friend Barbara Hall.
Formerly of Yates Hay Road, Malvern Link, the 80- year-old is now a resident of a gated community in Topanga, California, in the mountains just above Malibu.
Mr Davies began his working life at Warwick House as an apprentice upholsterer.
He married Barbara Healey at Christ Church in the town in 1954 and the couple went on to have two sons, Guy and Tim, who both live in the States. His wife died on January 1, 2005.
For National Service he was drafted to RAF Geilenkirchen, Germany, between 1953 and 1955.
Eventually, he went into the aircraft industry as a trimmer, working for BAC at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth, working on Viscounts and BAC 111s and the first two Concordes.
The job took him to Holland, France and Egypt before settling in the United States of America in 1985, eventually working on corporate jets.
Mr Davies said: “I still have many cousins and close friends in Malvern.
“‘Lady’ Barbara Hall keeps me supplied with the Malvern Gazette through her generosity and kindness.
“I still love Malvern and have many happy memories of the town, especially of growing up in the Second World War.”
So far we have had former Malven residents reading their Gazette as far afield as Chile and Austtralia.
Do you know someone who reads their Gazette in a farflung place?
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