We sure were close! I have met people in the Falls from Chislehurst, Bromley, and even a fellow Eltham resident. All much older than me though.
The lady from Chislehurst is older, maybe in her 70's and last went back about 10 years ago. Says she can't stand the damp, no good for her bones!
The guy from Eltham would go back, but is semi retired and cannot afford to. One of their children born in Canada lives in the UK and won't come back to the falls. The other child lives in Toronto.
I read some of your earlier posts about comimg to Canada with kids. It sounds like things have worked out for you. I am struggling here (see other posts) and my wife is from the Falls. So we have some good UK vs CDN battles sometimes. But she always says the UK are much better drivers!
My point is I met a girl working in the Casino who was about 23 that had a strange accent. I could detect a bit of UK there! We got talking and lo and behold she was from Welling!! Her family moved when she was about 16 and she hated it. She was made fun of at School and took her a long time to adjust. Probably why she pretty much lost the accent.
How about you? I don't want to loose my accent. But wish I could speak Canadian sometimes! "Dont fink I will evver lose ma sarf London accent mate!"
Also I guy I know from Tottenham (North of the Thames I know) would never go back. But he has been here since the 60's with his UK wife. Then both their sets of parents came out a year later.
I think it all depends where you come from, what job you have, where you have moved to and the people you meet. But I think at 30 I was too old and set in my ways to come out here. Which is probably why I am struggling.