Does anyone know Julia?

Welcome reception with the Mayor of Dorsten, 1985
Welcome reception with the Mayor of Dorsten, 1985

Does anyone know Julia 

A letter from Crawley’s twin town, Dorsten, in Germany, has found its way to the Observer office in the hope we can help reunite some old friends.

Wolfgang Baldauf and his wife Ulrike moved to Dorsten from Berlin in 1984 and were on the look-out for an au pair to help care for his three children.

The town had been twinned with Crawley since 1974 and the Baldaufs found what they were looking for with help from the twinning team.

Wolfgang said: “We don’t remember why, but we got in contact with some people from the local twin 
town organisation Crawley-Dorsten.

“In 1985 they found a young lady who was willing to spend a year in our country, our city, and our family.

“She was Julia Stuart, she lived in Crawley together with her parents, and she was about 19 years old.

“She stayed with us for 15 months and we had a very pleasant time together.”

Woldgang and Ulrike lost contact with Julia after she married and moved to London.

Wolfgang said: “We would very much like to contact her again, but we don’t know her second name, her address, the address of her parents in Crawley – we don’t even know, if they still live.”

The Baldaufs provided a photograph (left) which was taken at a reception with the Mayor of Dorsten, which was held to welcome Julia to the town.

It shows, from left: a reporter, Mr Dierks of Freundeskreis Crawley (Friends of Crawley), Ulrike Baldauf, Julia Stuart, Mayor Heinz Ritter and Mrs Dieckhöfer (Freundeskreis Crawley).

Does anyone know Julia or her parents?

Contact Karen Dunn on 01293 845058 or email