A WOMAN has been reunited with her cousin after 50 years when he travelled across the world to see her.
Hilary Barton, of Woodley Avenue, Accrington, had not seen her Australian cousin John for half a century.
But now the pair have been reunited after John, 59, took a trip from Melbourne with his wife Maree, 53.
Hilary said: "The last time we met we were little children and I remember taking him up to the Coppice to play there. But since then we have not been in touch until now."
Hilary, who formerly ran a hairdresser's shop, has five children, Geoffrey, Kerry, Natalie, Chantelle and Jason.
John said: "It has been great coming over here as I have 14 cousins in Australia and I know them all very well but I had not seen Hilary for years.
"We have had a chance to catch up and let each other know what we are doing and we have also been able to see quite a bit of the country as well."
Born and bred in Australia, John's father, who was also called John, hailed from Accrington and was the brother of Hilary's dad Eric.
He moved to Melbourne in 1921 to start a new life and eventually became a successful businessman, building up several shops and a farm.
John and Maree have children Sonia, Sam and Rohan and work as importers for the textile industry. They have also spent years breeding horses.
Hilary herself is no stranger to travel, having lived in Nigeria between 1969 and 1972 and spending many years in South Africa.
While in England John and Maree have had a chance to visit places including Cambridge and Dover and are planning a trip to London before returning to Australia next month.
Maree said: "We are noticing the differences between here and Australia. The other day I heard someone say that it was getting warm here, up to 30 degrees celsius which is nothing back home.
"There are also some great place names like Oswaldtwistle. We like that so much we might name our next horse after it."