John Randall and Yve Stocks remember the days at the old schoolyard.
John Randall and Yve Stocks remember the days at the old schoolyard. Georja Ryan

Pair finally twigs to old connection

FOR the past seven years, John Randall and Yve Stocks have worked on a number of community projects together and socialised at numerous events - all the while not realising they knew each other a little more than they thought.

Both Mr Randall and Mrs Stocks attended Salisbury Primary and High School in south Brisbane and almost 40 years later, after going their separate ways following high school, moved to Warwick in 2005 unbeknown to each other.

The two re-met at various community and social events, believing they had only known each other since meeting in Warwick.

But it was a run in with an old mutual friend on New Year's Day that joined the dots.

"I was in Noosa, waiting for a pizza I think, and she (Bogunia, a mutual friend from high school) said 'you're John Randall aren't you' and we got talking and she said that our friend Yvonne also now lived in Warwick and I immediately knew exactly who she was talking about," Mr Randall said.

Mr Randall then phoned Mrs Stocks, who was as oblivious of the connection as he was, to tell her of his discovery.

"I remember Yve, or Yvonne as she was then, as the ultra-cool sixties mod girl with the most amazing Dusty Springfield hairdo, and loads of mascara to match," Mr Randall said.

Mr Randall said he had asked her to their high school ball, but was rejected.

"I got stood up and she went with the school hunk," Mr Randall said.

"Jamie Dunn (Agro from FM radio) had asked me to go so I accepted," Mrs Stocks said.

The pair said they had never even considered the fact they could have been schoolyard friends and didn't recognise each others' names until it was brought to their attention.

From pastel smocks and 'crab pots' (cane baskets used as handbags) and skinny jeans with turtle-neck skivvy's, to new lives in Warwick more than 40 years later, Mr Randall and Mrs Stocks have a fair bit of catching up to do.


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