Pen friends span world

Sir – The art of letter writing is often thought to be dead but I must disagree. I joined the International Pen Friends club and was delighted to discover that, far from being dead and in spite of e-mail, the good, old letter is still very much alive and

Sir - The art of letter writing is often thought to be dead but I must disagree.

I joined the International Pen Friends club and was delighted to discover that, far from being dead and in spite of e-mail, the good, old letter is still very much alive and kicking around the world.

For a reasonable fee the club supplied me with a list of contacts at home and abroad. In my age group and sharing similar interests to myself, all correspond in English so there are few language translation difficulties.

These days I write to pen pals in many countries. I've exchanged news and views, recipes, souvenirs, tears and laughter. My knowledge of the ways of the world and its people is greater, my life richer, thanks to my wonderful friends with pens.


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The club is open to people of all ages, from all walks of life. For further information please write, enclosing a SAE to:

Mrs E Hardy, PO Box 71, St Ives, Cambs. PE27 5GL.

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