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‘Two old friends just feet apart in a cemetery, reunited in death, a final closing of the circle’

Roslyn Dee


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Harry Gregg, Manchester United goalkeeper. Hero of the Munich disaster. And my father’s dear friend. Photo: PA

Harry Gregg, Manchester United goalkeeper. Hero of the Munich disaster. And my father’s dear friend. Photo: PA

Harry Gregg, Manchester United goalkeeper. Hero of the Munich disaster. And my father’s dear friend. Photo: PA

Do you believe in coincidence? In an apparently random act suddenly producing a scenario of such synchronicity that it simply stops you in your tracks?

Well, in this past week of doom and gloom when I've been hand sanitising to beat the band and talking to friends in Venice who are anxious about both their livelihoods and their lives, I also found myself stopped in my tracks in a way that made me gasp with surprise. And then smile. And all in a place where smiles are usually few and far between.

When you drive into the cemetery in Coleraine as I did on Monday afternoon, what greets you are tidy lines of headstones that stretch into the distance for as far as the eye can see.