Pair re­unite decades on

South Waikato News - - FRONT PAGE - By ADEN MILES

The power of so­cial me­dia has re­united a South Waikato fa­ther with his son more than 34 years af­ter last see­ing each other.

Around one week be­fore Christ­mas last year, Toko­roa’s Alan Ve­n­amore re­ceived a mes­sage through the so­cial net­work­ing site, Face­book, from the wife of his es­tranged son.

‘‘They con­tacted me one week be­fore Christ­mas – what a Christ­mas present,’’ he said.

Alan’s son, Steven Dou­glas Ve­n­amore, 38, lives with his wife and child in Hast­ings, Eng­land.

‘‘It was his wife who found me through Face­book. I didn’t even know that I had a Face­book page be­cause a friend made me one in Au­gust last year, then I get a mes­sage,’’ Alan said.

He added that the young fam­ily planned to re­lo­cate to New Zealand this year.

‘‘My feet have not touched the ground. It is the best Christ­mas present I have ever had. It’s the most mirac­u­lous present af­ter all of this time,’’ he said.

The pair phys­i­cally re­sem­ble one an­other.

‘‘He looks a lot dif­fer­ent to how I re­mem­ber. Now he has a shaved head, pierced ears and tat­toos. But he ac­tu­ally looks like me.

‘‘We have the same coloured eyes, the same smile and sense of hu­mour.’’ Alan last saw his son when he sep­a­rated from the man’s mother in Sus­sex, Eng­land. Since the re­dis­cov­ery, they have spo­ken to each other via Skype three times a day, but Alan ad­mit­ted to hav­ing some nerves about the re­u­nion.

‘‘To a de­gree. But not so much be­cause we are speak­ing to­gether all the time.

‘‘I have al­ways thought about him, prob­a­bly four or fives times a week. I have al­ways loved him.

‘‘We have a heck of a lot to catch up on.’’

RE­UNITED: Alan Ve­n­amore speaks with his son Steven via Skype, with whom he was re­cently re­united af­ter 34 years.

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