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Cousins’ Family Connections

Long-lost cousins, who were first re-united in Pembroke Dock last autumn, have met again to catch up on more family connections.

Jeanine Belbin, of Melbourne, Australia, and her husband John visited Pembroke Dock in September hoping to discover more about the family of Jeanine’s mother, the former Sheila Frances Callender, who was brought up in the town’s Clarence Street and who married a Royal New Zealand Air Force Sunderland flying boat crewman.

Thanks to contacts made at Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre they were soon meeting up with Jeanine’s first cousin, Eileen Hulbert and husband Keith, still living in Clarence Street.

At the end of an all to brief stay Jeanine promised to make a quick return. That promise was fulfilled when Jeanine, her daughter Rebecca Astley and close friend Barbara Cartwright, spent three days in Pembroke Dock and met up with many more family members.

“I had planned to come with Rebecca and Barbara in March to attend Crufts Dog Show in Birmingham,” said Jeanine, who breeds Rottweilers at home. “However, after meeting up with Eileen and family Pembroke Dock definitely became our first call and it has been wonderful to see Eileen and Keith again and to meet more of my extended family whom I knew nothing about.”

Volunteer John Mitchell was among those who welcomed cousins Jeanine Belbin and Eileen Hulbert and family members to the Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre. Left to right: Rebecca Astley, John Mitchell, Jeanine Belbin, Eileen Hulbert, Barbara Cartwright and Keith Hulbert.

A return visit was made to the town’s Heritage Centre which has many displays on Sunderland flying boats, which Jeanine’s father, Sergeant Charles Henry Massey, flew in during the 1950s.

After their Pembrokeshire stay the Australian trio headed to Crufts and were also visiting London and Paris. Another return to Pembroke Dock is already being planned.