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Missing Austrian postcard mystery
Anne Murphy with her postcard
Anne Murphy wrote the postcard on her first holiday without her parents
A holiday postcard sent from Austria in 1972 has finally turned up at its destination in Kent 34 years later.

Anne Murphy was a 19-year-old on her first trip away without her parents when she wrote the postcard in the resort of Walchsee.

It only arrived at the former family home in Otford this year and was delivered by hand to Ms Murphy by the current owner Marion Wills.

Royal Mail said it thought the postcard had been lost somewhere in Austria.

Ms Murphy, who now lives in Shoreham, less than three miles away from Otford, said Ms Wills tracked her down through a mutual association with the Women's Institute.

It must have just been tucked away in a dark corner somewhere
Anne Murphy

"She found out that I was living in Shoreham and from a mutual friend she came to my address and showed us this postcard that never came to my parents.

"I was absolutely amazed, I couldn't believe it."

The postcard told of her first day in Walchsee with her friend Kathleen Maxwell, from Canterbury, and their experiences in the "pretty little village".

It still bears the original Austrian schillings stamp and a franking mark from the summer of 1972.

Ms Murphy said: "It's a mystery, it must have just been tucked away in a dark corner somewhere.

"Whether it was in England or Austria, we'll never know."

Her mother Barbara Jennings, who moved to Devon, has now got a photocopy of the 34-year-old postcard.

"I was utterly amazed it had turned up," she said.

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