My brother was killed in a horror motorbike crash 50 years ago – now I've been sent a message from beyond the grave

My brother was killed in a horror motorbike crash 50 years ago – now I've been sent a message from beyond the grave

February 7, 2022

A SISTER has been reunited with a message her brother wrote 47 years ago and hid four years before he was killed.

Julie Tucker, 64, recognised Gary Wait's handwriting after seeing a social media appeal to find the owner of the hand-written note.


Gary Wait, then 16, said he would hide it in the hope he would find it one day and be reminded of happier times.

He wrote it in March 1975 but died in a moped accident when he was 19.

Gary described his blue eyes and blonde hair, his job at the Lord Nelson bowling alley and how he was saving to pay off money he owed for his moped.

His note was found on Tuesday written on cardboard at the now-Lord Nelson pub in Bristol while it was being knocked down for flats.

Pub owner Nicky Martin, 32, showed it to his wife Leanne, who put out a social media appeal which was spotted by Gary's sister, Julie Tucker, 64.

Gran-of-four Julie, who moved to Weymouth with husband Terry, 65, in 2003, said:"The penny didn't drop straight away then I thought 'hold on, is that my brother?'. I recognised the handwriting immediately.

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"It's been there all that time and I would have been walking past it for years. I've no idea why but he's written the names of our uncles, aunties and cousins down the side of the note.

"When it clicked I felt emotional more than upset. I wasn't expecting it, it was so surreal."

The letter said: "Gary Wait wrote this letter on 8.3.1975. I am 16, I am pretty tall, I have blue eyes and dark blonde hair.

"I came down here, The Lord Nelson, three times a week to stick up. I had one pound a night.

"I wrote this so someday I might find it and read it. I am doing this job so I can pay off some money I owe on my moped. I got £117 to pay.

"My favourite uncle is Tony Wait. He's the one who helped me when I was in trouble with my bike.

"I am going to hide this so if I find this it will bring back some happy times."

Retired admin worker Julie added: "I've been in touch with people whose names I haven't seen for years. It's brought back so many deep memories.

"It's nice in one way but its been so emotional."

She said she wished her parents, who have both passed away, could have seen it.

Leanne said: "I thought the note was really cute, it was really sweet.Julie was ecstatic to see it and so emotional. Social media is amazing."

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