Irishman desperate to locate long lost girlfriend from Swindon

Swindon Advertiser: George Eyres on a visit to Swindon earlier this year George Eyres on a visit to Swindon earlier this year

THEY parted ways 40 years ago but an Irishman who never forgot his first love is hoping to be reunited with the Swindon woman he always regretted leaving behind.

George Eyres, 63, of County Meath, and Sylvia Holland had been neighbours in Walcot for several years before they began going out.

In a bid to get close to the young pharmacy student, the bold 19-year-old wooed her sister Dorothy, who soon became aware of his ploy to seduce Sylvia.

The pair fell in love but after nearly four years, George grudgingly followed his parents when they chose to move back to Ireland in the early 1970s, putting an abrupt end to their fledgling romance.

A year after his return to his homeland, Sylvia visited him for a brief holiday. This was the last time they ever saw each other.

His curtailed relationship soon became a vague yet dark memory as George buried himself in his printing job and started a new life near Dublin.

But when George slipped in the street and hit his head on a car wing mirror, for which he had to undergo surgery to reduce the swelling on his brain, it brought the cherished moments spent with Sylvia flooding back, despite the surgeon’s prognosis that his memory would suffer rather than improve.

“About three years ago I had an accident,” he said.

“The surgeon said I would lose my memory but after six months I started remembering things. I remembered Sylvia’s features.

“I’m not sure why we broke up. I’ve regretted not being with her my whole life. It’s only when the memories came back that I realised how much.

“I was a little bit older than Sylvia; she was 19 and I was 20 or 21 years old. We had been together for three or four years when I went back to Ireland. I didn’t want to go and I was reluctant to leave her. When she came for three weeks, I was struggling financially and I couldn’t go back to Swindon.

“I wanted to do well in life before I went back. And that was the last time I ever saw her.

“I had a couple of relationships but nothing compared to what I had with Sylvia. I never really got over her.”

Although George received brief updates on Sylvia from her mother, who religiously sent him a Christmas card every year, he was not able to gather much about her new life.

When the festive notes stopped abruptly three years ago, George found himself becoming even more curious about his first love.

He even placed an advert in the Adver announcments section in a bid to reconnect.

“She would be 61 now,” he said. “I just want a chance to get in touch with her.

“I would love to talk to her and know what happened to her.

“She probably got married and maybe she had children.

“All I know is that her mother wrote to me that all her dreams came true.”

To get in touch with George with information about Sylvia, call the Adver newsdesk on 01793 501896, or email newsdesk@swindonadvertiser.co.uk.

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1:58pm Wed 11 Dec 13

umpcah says...

Sylvia married Anthony Low in 1979 according to Genes Reunited. I wouldn`t be very pleased if one of my wife`s exs came out of the woodwork and wanted to " catch up " ; and I expect Mr Low would feel the same. I hope all turns out happily.
Sylvia married Anthony Low in 1979 according to Genes Reunited. I wouldn`t be very pleased if one of my wife`s exs came out of the woodwork and wanted to " catch up " ; and I expect Mr Low would feel the same. I hope all turns out happily. umpcah

4:22pm Wed 11 Dec 13

BigBarry says...

Weirdo, surprised the adver printed this
Weirdo, surprised the adver printed this BigBarry

7:42pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Roberto2 says...

umpcah wrote:
Sylvia married Anthony Low in 1979 according to Genes Reunited. I wouldn`t be very pleased if one of my wife`s exs came out of the woodwork and wanted to " catch up " ; and I expect Mr Low would feel the same. I hope all turns out happily.
Why give him the info if you think its wrong, idiot!.
[quote][p][bold]umpcah[/bold] wrote: Sylvia married Anthony Low in 1979 according to Genes Reunited. I wouldn`t be very pleased if one of my wife`s exs came out of the woodwork and wanted to " catch up " ; and I expect Mr Low would feel the same. I hope all turns out happily.[/p][/quote]Why give him the info if you think its wrong, idiot!. Roberto2

8:29pm Wed 11 Dec 13

umpcah says...

Roberto2 wrote:
umpcah wrote: Sylvia married Anthony Low in 1979 according to Genes Reunited. I wouldn`t be very pleased if one of my wife`s exs came out of the woodwork and wanted to " catch up " ; and I expect Mr Low would feel the same. I hope all turns out happily.
Why give him the info if you think its wrong, idiot!.
Anyone can look that bit up within two minutes on Genes Reunited including you !
[quote][p][bold]Roberto2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]umpcah[/bold] wrote: Sylvia married Anthony Low in 1979 according to Genes Reunited. I wouldn`t be very pleased if one of my wife`s exs came out of the woodwork and wanted to " catch up " ; and I expect Mr Low would feel the same. I hope all turns out happily.[/p][/quote]Why give him the info if you think its wrong, idiot!.[/p][/quote]Anyone can look that bit up within two minutes on Genes Reunited including you ! umpcah

9:25pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Oik1 says...

“All I know is that her mother wrote to me that all her dreams came true.”

And that being the case, the best thing to do would be get on with your own life because if the above dosn't speak volumes then you are certainly missing the point of the message given.

What an oddly disturbing story to run in a local paper !
“All I know is that her mother wrote to me that all her dreams came true.” And that being the case, the best thing to do would be get on with your own life because if the above dosn't speak volumes then you are certainly missing the point of the message given. What an oddly disturbing story to run in a local paper ! Oik1

10:16pm Wed 11 Dec 13

martinswindon says...

What a funny little story.... Judging by the comment section on here there are some right miserable buggers in Swindon!

I'm sure in 40 years time I would wonder what happened to an ex-girlfriend or two, especially when they aren't local... Let's hope I can continue stalking her on facebook in the mean time.

P.s sarcasm.
What a funny little story.... Judging by the comment section on here there are some right miserable buggers in Swindon! I'm sure in 40 years time I would wonder what happened to an ex-girlfriend or two, especially when they aren't local... Let's hope I can continue stalking her on facebook in the mean time. P.s sarcasm. martinswindon

10:22pm Wed 11 Dec 13

roberto5 says...

What a freak of nature!
What a freak of nature! roberto5

7:46pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Roberto2 says...

umpcah wrote:
Roberto2 wrote:
umpcah wrote: Sylvia married Anthony Low in 1979 according to Genes Reunited. I wouldn`t be very pleased if one of my wife`s exs came out of the woodwork and wanted to " catch up " ; and I expect Mr Low would feel the same. I hope all turns out happily.
Why give him the info if you think its wrong, idiot!.
Anyone can look that bit up within two minutes on Genes Reunited including you !
I use Ancestry, but I didn't criticise him for trying to contact this woman then give him the info to help him. Once again IDIOT.
[quote][p][bold]umpcah[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Roberto2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]umpcah[/bold] wrote: Sylvia married Anthony Low in 1979 according to Genes Reunited. I wouldn`t be very pleased if one of my wife`s exs came out of the woodwork and wanted to " catch up " ; and I expect Mr Low would feel the same. I hope all turns out happily.[/p][/quote]Why give him the info if you think its wrong, idiot!.[/p][/quote]Anyone can look that bit up within two minutes on Genes Reunited including you ![/p][/quote]I use Ancestry, but I didn't criticise him for trying to contact this woman then give him the info to help him. Once again IDIOT. Roberto2

6:52pm Sun 15 Dec 13

Rudderless1975 says...

This is such an invasion on Sylvia's right to privacy!

With regards to giving him the info on her life now, he obviously hadn't thought of internet sites such as Genes Reunited, and Roberto2 is probably right in suggesting that we shouldn't be giving him any pointers.

I hope Sylvia takes the Adver to court - surely she would have a case. I mean, suppose Sylvia never told her husband about her relationship with Creepy George - this story could have already destroyed her marriage.
This is such an invasion on Sylvia's right to privacy! With regards to giving him the info on her life now, he obviously hadn't thought of internet sites such as Genes Reunited, and Roberto2 is probably right in suggesting that we shouldn't be giving him any pointers. I hope Sylvia takes the Adver to court - surely she would have a case. I mean, suppose Sylvia never told her husband about her relationship with Creepy George - this story could have already destroyed her marriage. Rudderless1975

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