Together again for big reunion

Pictured (left to right) are McArthur family members Alan, Kathleen, Michael, Pat, Lucy and Iain.

Pictured (left to right) are McArthur family members Alan, Kathleen, Michael, Pat, Lucy and Iain.

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SIX siblings enjoyed an emotional get together when they were all reunited for the first time in 30 years.

The McArthur brothers and sisters had not all been together in the same place since 1981 as they live all over the country and abroad.

Pictured (left to right) are Mc Arthur family members Alan, Kathleen, Michael, Pat, Lucy and Iain.

Pictured (left to right) are Mc Arthur family members Alan, Kathleen, Michael, Pat, Lucy and Iain.

But when Michael McArthur, who emigrated to Australia 32 years ago, decided to visit his sister, Pat Anderson, in Hartlepool, the scene was set for a rare reunion.

Each of the siblings returned to their home town and enjoyed plenty of laughs and tears as they reminisced about old times.

Pat’s home in the Wooler Road area of town was fit to bursting as she put up Michael, brother Iain McArthur, who lives in Holland, sister Kathleen Kelsey plus her husband and two sons from Lincoln.

Sister Lucy Finch, 50, and her family from Dunfermline, Scotland, and brother Alan McArthur, 53, from Berkshire, stayed with other relatives in town.

Pat, 62, who has four grown up children and is married to Barry, 64, said: “It was emotional on Friday when everyone had arrived and we were all actually together in the same room.

“We went for a meal on Friday and just spent time in each other’s company and had a really good weekend.

“It’s been lovely. We will try not to let it go so long next time.”

Michael, 60, left Hartlepool to find work in the mining industry and now lives in Mandurah, Australia.

The dad of two said: “It’s been a fantastic two weeks. We have relived some fantastic memories.

“We have laughed and cried together, it’s just been fantastic.”

The reunion also marked the first time in almost 30 years that Michael had seen Iain, 57, who travelled from Dordrecht in Holland for the occasion.

Kathleen, 52, came with husband Kenny and sons Michael, 19, and Philip, 26.

She said: “It’s been lovely listening to all the old stories. It was just like we were kids again.

“It was also nice watching our children listening and laughing like we used to when we were their age.”

The siblings also enjoyed trips to Scotland, where they spent a lot of their childhood, Whitby and Durham.

The family grew up in Browning Avenue, Hartlepool, with their late parents Kathleen and John.