SIX siblings will gather for an extra-special reunion – the first time they have all been in the same room for 30 years.
Very rarely have the McArthur children been together since the early 1980s.
All but one of them left Hartlepool for pastures new, including to Scotland, the south of England and abroad.
Occasionally, four or five of them have managed to get together, but never all six.
But that is set to change this weekend, when they all arrive at sister Pat Anderson’s home, in the Wooler Road area of Hartlepool.
Pat, 62, who is married to former plant manager Barry, 64, said: “There has always been one of us missing.
“When my brother, who lives in Australia, phoned last year and asked if he could come and stay, I thought it would be a good idea to get everybody in one place at the same time.
“We are all getting older now and you don’t when you will see each other again.”
Pat’s brother, Michael McArthur, will be travelling to the town from his home in Mandurah, in Australia.
The 60-year-old dad-of-two left Hartlepool 32 years ago to find work in the mining industry.
Also descending on Pat’s home will be brother, Iain McArthur, a 57-year-old plater.
He is coming from Dordrecht, in Holland, with his Dutch wife Ans after he emigrated 36 years ago.
Alan McArthur, 53, also a plater, is travelling from his home in Thatcham, in Berkshire.
Alan, who has a partner called Mary Hammerston and three children, left town six years ago and has lived in various places.
Pat’s sister, Kathleen Kelsey, a 52-year-old mum-of-two, lives in Lincoln and left town around 18 years ago.
She is expected to bring her husband, Kenny, and two sons, Michael, 19, and Philip, 26.
A third sister, Lucy Finch, who is 50 and lives in Dunfermline, in Scotland, left Hartlepool 28 years ago.
She works in a surveyor’s office and is married to former town man Colin Finch.
The pair will bring their daughters Karen Urquhart, 25, and Laura Finch, 21, along for the happy reunion.
The MacArthurs grew up in Browning Avenue and their parents were Kathleen and John.
Pat, who is mum to 39-year-old twins Lynne Collins and Susan Casey, Leigh Anderson, 35, and Ian Anderson, 32, added: “We moved to Twyford, in Berkshire, when we first got married but we soon came back.
“I’m just a proper home-bird and love Hartlepool and like the people – I don’t see any reason to move away.”
Pat admitted accommodating so many guests at her four-bedroomed home could be a hard task.
But she said: “I think it will be more emotional when it is time for them to leave.
“We don’t know when we will be seeing each other again. We are just looking forward to spending team in each other’s company.”