Mystery dog-walkers documented in Neasden history book have been identified

Married couple frequent Welsh Harp area

The mystery surrounding the identity of a couple who were snapped while enjoying a walk in one of the borough’s parks last year has been solved.

Last week the Brent and Kilburn Times printed an appeal requesting the identity of a dog walking couple who were pictured on the Welsh Harp Reservoir.

The photograph is featured in a book Welsh Harp Reservior Through Time which details the history of the popular area.

However the author and photographer were keen to trace the pair whose identity had remained a mystery to this day. The mystery pair have come forward revealed themselves as Graham and Linda Donovan.


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Mr Donovan, who lives in Hendon with wife Linda, expressed his surprise at realising their identity was a crucial missing factor in the book.

He said: “We walk our dogs there normally once or twice a week and there are often people there taking photographs or bird watching and we think nothing of it.

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“We never thought we would end up seeing ourselves published in a book.”

The book features a variety of documented photographs which stretch back more than 100 years.

Mr Donovan added: “My Wife was pretty sure it was us when she first saw it so she phoned me up and asked me to look at it online.

“At first I couldn’t be sure but then I zoomed in and I knew it was us.”

The couple, who walk their dogs on the reservoir most weekends, have now been invited to a launch party for the book taking place at the Welsh Harp Environmental Education Centre, Birchen Grove, which takes place tomorrow (Saturday).

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