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Transatlantic pen pals who have been writing to each other since 1938 make their first video call


Two centenarian pen pals are still sending letters across the Atlantic after writing to one another since the 1930s.

Geoff Banks from Honiton in Devon, UK, and Celesta Byrne from Texas, US, started writing to each other when they were both in their 20s, and have continued their friendship ever since.

Geoff Banks was originally given Celesta Byrne’s address in 1938 when he took part in an educational project connecting young British and Americans.

The two quickly struck up a friendship, detailing their young lives to one another and their experiences in Devon and Texas.

‘It’s nice to hear your voice,’ Celesta Byrne from Texas tells Geoff Banks in Devon as they chat over video call

With the help of their children, Mr Banks (pictured) and Ms Byrne have been able to embrace new technology and chat over video call

With the help of their children, Mr Banks (pictured) and Ms Byrne have been able to embrace new technology and chat over video call

As their lives continued, filled with ups and downs, both still made sure to keep their transatlantic friendship going.

And in 2002, when Mr Banks was visiting New…



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Written by Bourbiza Mohamed

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