A DANISH journalist has traced the Huddersfield woman who holds the key to his historical research project – thanks to an appeal in the Examiner.
Adrian Hughes, a Danish journalist and television presenter, asked the Examiner to help him trace a woman named Marie-Louise, whose family built a summerhouse he has bought near Copenhagen.
Mr Hughes is researching the 59-year history of the house and wanted to contact Marie-Louise, who had moved to Huddersfield after marrying a soldier from the area during the Second World War.
Following an appeal in the Examiner on Saturday, Marie-Louise has come forward.
She is now in her 80s and has been living in Scholes, near Holmfirth, for the past 24 years.
She said: “Somebody rang me up to tell me I was in the paper and I nearly fell off my chair. Half an hour later, the paper came through my door. I was very surprised.”
She now plans to visit Mr Hughes at the summerhouse in October, after attending the AGM of the Scandinavian Association of Great Britain in Stockholm, Sweden.
She said: “There’s not many family left in Denmark, but I go back every year if I can and see school friends. But I’m like a tourist there now really.”
Mr Hughes said he was delighted that Marie-Louise has been traced and would be coming to meet him. He said: “I am literally thrilled to bits.”
The summerhouse was built by Marie-Louise’s father, Carl Wilhelm Gümoes, in 1953 in North Zealand 30km north of Copenhagen.
Marie-Louise said: “It was a lovely place. With all the difficulties after the war, you were only allowed to build wooden houses of 6m by 7m, but he laid bigger foundations for later additions, like the bathroom I put on. There wasn’t one originally, just an outside loo where you could sit and enjoy the view of the hills.”
Marie-Louise had moved to Huddersfield after the Second World War with her new husband Dennis Davies, a soldier who had been posted near her home during the conflict.
They lived at Cowlersley Lane in Linthwaite and, when her father died Marie-Louise inherited the house.
The family made regular visits and renamed the house Glynnannhill, after their two children – Glynn and Ann.
Glynn, who is now 59, lives in Oxfordshire and has a 19-year-old son, Sheridan, who is studying studies in medicine at Barts and The London Queen Mary’s School of Medicine and Dentistry.
Ann, 58, has emigrated to the Algarve and has a 34-year-old daughter, Kirsten Üulker, who lives in Longwood.
Marie-Louise sold the summerhouse in the 1960s, because it was too difficult to maintain while living in England.
It has since had a series of owners, some of whom have kept in touch with her and sent photographs to show how the building and landscape have changed over the years.
Marie-Louise’s husband Dennis died in 1976, after they had been married 30 years.
But four years later, she found love again and married his cousin, Norman Newsome, in 1980.
The couple moved to Somerset, which meant Marie-Louise gave up her job as a school secretary, which she had done for 30 years.
She had worked first at the primary schools in Milnsbridge and then at Newsome High School.
In Somerset, Marie-Louise set up a branch of the Scandinavian Association of Great Britain for Wellington and Thornton.
But after three years, the couple returned to Yorkshire. Marie-Louise said: “I missed Yorkshire. There’s something special about the place, I love it. The people are so friendly.”
The couple were married for 17 and a half years, before Mr Newsome died in 1998.