Re­united with lost brother af­ter 50 years

Thanks to ‘amaz­ing’ ge­neal­o­gist

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Tom Herbert tom.herbert@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A BUCKS woman who went look­ing to find what hap­pened to her long lost brother made her first ap­pear­ance on na­tional tele­vi­sion.

Wendy Brightwell, 73, of Layters Close, Chal­font St Peter, em­ployed the ser­vices of pro­fes­sional ge­neal­o­gist Antony Marr to help find her brother Rod which ended up with her ap­pear­ing on BBC1’s Fam­ily Fin­ders.

She said: “Antony was so good and found out an aw­ful lot for me and found my brother which was amaz­ing, as I never thought I would find him.”

Her fa­ther was 18 years older than her mother and mar­ried with chil­dren when they first met work­ing in a dairy.

When the fam­ily moved to Lon­don in 1938, Mrs Brightwell’s mother moved with them as babysit­ter and helper.

Mrs Brightwell was born in 1942 and the fam­ily lived to­gether un­til her fa­ther passed away at 52.

She said: “We just lost touch with each other. We had our lives – I got mar­ried and had kids of our own. When my kids grew up I just thought it was time to find Rod.”

She said it was “amaz­ing” they found each other, not only be­cause it was more than 50 years since they had seen each other – she was nine and her brother was 14 when she moved out of the house – but also be­cause they had dif­fer­ent sur­names. She said: “It’s fan­tas­tic to have him back in my life,” and added: “My fam­ily are very pleased for me be­cause they know it means a lot to me.”

Speak­ing about the visit from the BBC she said: “They were re­ally re­ally nice peo­ple and ba­si­cally we ar­ranged a date when we could do it, and that was on Good Fri­day this year.”

She added: “It was great. I thought I’d be very ner­vous be­cause I’m not that sort of per­son but in ac­tual fact, I don’t know why, I was re­ally calm. The pro­duc­ers put me at ease.”

Mrs Brightwell said: “I’m sure there’s a lot of peo­ple who are in a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion to me. You have to re­mem­ber this was war time and there must have been a lot of sit­u­a­tions go­ing on.”

SEARCH: Above, Antony Marr, pro­fes­sional ge­neal­o­gist and ex-po­lice­man who helped Wendy Brightwell, left, to help trace her long lost brother

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