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Woman Reunited With Secret Notes She And Her Siblings Wrote 30 Years Ago

Woman Reunited With Secret Notes She And Her Siblings Wrote 30 Years Ago

A woman was brought to tears after a Facebook post led her to a note she and her siblings had written as a child - after finding out their messages had been perfectly preserved in the walls of the terraced home they grew up in.

Back in 1987, Kimberley Colbeck and her two brothers got together to create their own time capsule.

Andrew, 12, Christopher, eight, and three-year-old Kimberley scribbled hand-written notes in pencil before hiding them in the walls of their house in Guiseley, Leeds.

The Colbeck siblings. Credit: LeedsLive/MEN
The Colbeck siblings. Credit: LeedsLive/MEN
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Now, more than 30 years later, the notes have been unearthed by builders renovating the property, and through the power of social media, amazingly Kimberley has been reunited with the notes.

Kimberley, now 36, said: "I cried when I first saw the note.

"My older brother Andrew sadly passed away two years ago. It was really emotional to see his writing."

Her late uncle had been fitting a new kitchen when she and her two brothers banded together to squeeze their little notes behind the tiles on the walls.

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One of them had been rolled up and placed in a small glass bottle which acted as a time capsule.

Credit: LeedsLive/MEN
Credit: LeedsLive/MEN

On one piece of paper, the Colbeck siblings wrote down their names and ages, along with the date at the time, while another written on 14 February two years later read: "I am Andrew Colbeck. Today is St Valentines Day. Yes. 14/2/89.

"My birthday is 29/4/75 so I am now 13.

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The Colbeck family only moved from the house in 2013, with Kim now living in Castleford.

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Credit: LeedsLive/MEN

After finding out about the notes, she arranged to meet with Darren Moon, the joiner who made the discovery, to retrieve them.

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She continued: "I was talking to my cousin about it and that house holds such big memories of when we were younger.

"That house was a massive part of my life.

"Hopefully I can show my dad, who actually placed the notes for us when we were kids. He is currently suffering with dementia.

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Credit: LeedsLive/MEN
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"It would be nice to nice to see if he recognises it.

"At the beginning of the lockdown my dad contracted coronavirus, we had a full week of end of life discussions.

"He pulled through, I went to the hospital and he was dancing with the nurses, and he is now back at the home. We haven't seen him since early March.

"I'm so pleased I can get something from my childhood and I'm now thinking of creating a time capsule with my own daughter."

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Jess Hardiman

Jess is a journalist at LADbible who graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Film Studies, English Language and Linguistics - indecisiveness at its finest, right there. She also works for FOODbible and its sister page Seitanists, which are both a safe haven for her to channel a love for homemade pasta, fennel and everything else in between. You can contact Jess at [email protected]