Love-struck Andre finds person he was looking for

Andre Rault in his younger days
Andre Rault in his younger days

A Guardian appeal to help a love-struck Frenchman find his long-lost Leyland sweetheart resulted in him finding the person he was looking for.

Andre Rault, of Besancon in France, sent a letter to the newspaper in July, requesting publication of his plea to find his soulmate, June Elliott.

Now, he has contacted the office to reveal that someone who saw the article on the Leyland Guardian website has pointed him in the right direction.

He wrote: “First I must thank you for the part you have taken in my search for a person who played a most significant part in my life.

“The article you published contributed a lot to the success of my search.

“Actually, one of the persons who told me about your article was the very person I was looking for.”

Sadly, he does not explain what the outcome of his search was, or what became of June.

In his original letter, he told how June had moved away to Australia for work, and he was hoping to find out if her sister and niece, Maureen and Sarah, still lived in Leyland.

The Guardian would like to speak with Maureen or Sarah to see if Andre got the happy ending he was hoping for.

He met June, from Derby Street, Leyland, when they were both working in London in 1961, and they ‘soon fell in love’.

The pair were inseparable in their younger days until National Service meant Andre was sent travelling the world with the French Navy.

Andre and June exchanged hundreds of letters and the pair had planned to marry upon Andre’s return.

But unforeseen circumstances which saw Andre spend longer at sea than expected prevented this, and after June moved to Australia, he never heard from her again.

- If you can fill in the missing pieces of this puzzle, please call the Guardian on 01257 264911 or email kay.taylor@lep.co.uk.