Toddlers reunite years later on Spring Day

2010-09-01 00:00

FOR three Pietermaritzburg teenagers, today marks the 16th anniversary of their front page Witness appearance in the newspaper’s Spring Day edition of 1994.

The three toddlers appeared in a front page picture on September 1, 1994, in their nappies and in a bed of brightly coloured spring flowers opposite the Alexandra swimming baths in Pietermaritzburg.

Sixteen years later Rianté Naidoo (17), Sidharth Singh (16) and Courtney Harwood (17) are preparing to write exams.

Rianté (Girls High School) and Sidharth (St. Charles College) are both in matric this year, while Courtney (Carter High School) is in Grade 11.

Rianté’s and Sidharth’s mothers used to work together at The Witness and the Spring Day picture was set up and taken by then Witness photographer Elaine Anderson.

The three teenagers all went to different schools and Courtney had not seen either Rianté or Sidharth since the first photograph was taken. Rianté and Sidharth have only been in contact for the last year.

The trio met up for the first time in 16 years yesterday to have another Spring Day photograph taken together.

“It’s really strange, but exciting at the same time,” said Sidharth, who is currently half way through his final examinations.

“It’s good to know that you have been reunited with the people you spent time with when you were young, even if you don’t remember them from back then.”

Courtney shared Sidharth’s excitement.

“It really is great because now I can keep in touch with these two people that I met years ago,” she said.

“And it is special because it is on Spring Day; a day that makes me think of beauty.”

Rianté’s mother, Irana Naidoo, said she found it quite unbelievable that the three teenagers were able to meet up with each other after all this time has passed.

She finds it equally hard to believe how quickly time has flown by. “My daughter has grown up so quickly and she has turned into a fine young lady, ready to start a new chapter in her life. We really are very blessed.”

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