A WOMAN looking for her long-lost relative believes he may be somewhere in the Malvern area, and is asking anyone who might have information about him to get in touch.

Carol Speakman is searching for her elderly uncle’s long-lost brother-in-law in the hope the two may be able to meet again.

She has looking for Herbert Derek Haywood, sometimes spelt Hayward, who was born on 14 December 1934 in the Malvern area.

Mrs Speakman said it would make her uncle, Jack Jones, happy to see his relative again.

Mrs Speakman added: “If you or any of your family are able, I would love for you to get in touch with me.

“Jack is my uncle and he is still alive, living in a residential home in the Malvern area.

“It would make his day if I could say you had contacted us as he will be 98 years young in April.

“I keep fingers crossed that you, or someone close to you, recognises what I have said in the sincere hope that I hear something from somebody.”

Herbert’s father, Herbert Joseph Haywood, was born in Lewisham, and was the conductor of the Malvern Band, while his wife, Lottie, was the pianist.

The couple had two other children: Marjorie Elsie and Joyce Freda with Joyce also being a musician in the band.

Marjorie married Brian Barwick, and they had three sons, Barry, Paul and Leslie, while Joyce married John Alfred (known as Jack) Jones on January 31, 1945 in Malvern.

The reception was held in a pub attended by Joyce’s parents and a few others.

In a letter to the Malvern Gazette, Carol Speakman wrote: “We would like to thank you for publishing this letter of help to try and locate a family member we are trying desperately to trace.”

For the full text of the letter, see page six.

If you believe you are the relative Mrs Speakman and Jack are looking for, get in touch via tom.banner@newsquest.co.uk.

The Gazette has Mrs Speakman’s contact details and can put you in touch.