There is a lovely story in the Cape Argus today about Val van Schoor and her suitor “Merville”. A love letter for Val, from Merville, arrived in Sea Point – 50 years after it was first posted.
Merville sent the note from Orkney in 1964 and said he had asked for Val’s parents’ permission to marry her. The ending is bittersweet.
Pippa also spoke about the love letter on her show, and it was revealed that Val did marry Merville, but Val sadly passed away last year. Merville whereabouts are unclear.
The letter arrived on Julius du Toit's doorstep at his Sea Point apartment block. Koketso spoke to Julius and also to Liz Golas, who grew up with Val and Merville. You can read the full 4 page letter below.