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06/07/04
End of the Line for Pimbury Clan
- Surname to die with Mike, 73

NORTH LONDONER Mike Pimbury is likely to take his surname to the grave, making it the first recorded case of a British surname to face extinction.

"I have worked on cases where the surname is quite rare but this is the first case that I have worked on where it is actually confirmed as the
last," said genealogist Karen Bali.

Mike has tried to find others with his surname across the world but his search has been proved a failure.

"We've traced the family tree right down to the present day and most male Pimburys died without any family - so I think I'm the last," he said. The bright side for Mike and his erstwhile clan is that a character bearing the Pimbury surname appears in Laurie Lee's Cider With Rosie, one of the most famous books of the last century.

Though Mike's search has been thorough, he is hoping the publicity generated will help draw out a secret family of Pimburys somewhere on the planet. Pimburys of the world are invited to contact Karen Bali at [email protected]



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