Holiday visit leads to engagement


July 24, 1970
When dancer Carole Nieuwenhuys made the 7,000 miles journey from Johannesburg to Venezuela to see her boyfriend, she intended spending only a short holiday with him. But the couple decided to get engaged – and now it will be nearly two years before Carole, daughter of former Liverpool footballer, Berry Nieuwenhuys, leaves South America.

Carole, who left Liverpool for South Africa five years ago, will marry her fiance, Mike Richards, of Rock Ferry, in Venezuela, some time around Christmas.
“Carole and Mike met each other about six years ago over here, in Liverpool,” says Carole’s mother, Mrs. Ruby Nieuwenhuys, who lives in Prescot Road, Old Swan.

Then Carole decided to go abroad and tried her luck as a receptionist in America, before going to South Africa. Mike left this country about a year ago, to work as a chief chemist with an oil firm in Venezuela.
“Since going abroad they have kept in touch with each other regularly and decided to spend a holiday together this summer. They were going to get engaged eventually – but not so soon.”

When Carole, who is 25, first went to South Africa, she had several jobs as a dancer, and did a fair amount of cabaret and modelling work.
“It was while she was on tour with a revue,” says her mother, “that she was reunited with her father, whom she had not seen since she was a toddler.”

Mrs. Nieuwenhuys and her husband, who played for Liverpool for 14 years, from 1933, were divorced more than 20 years ago.
“Nivvy,” as he was known to the fans, returned to his home in South Africa.
(Source: Liverpool Echo: July 24, 1970; via http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) © 2018 Findmypast Newspaper Archive Limited

Carole and Mike.

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