LEFT ON A PEW: Man wants an­swers to his back­ground

Baby boy was found in a shawl on church pew in 1967

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - goolis­tan.cooper@trin­i­tymir­ror.com A MAN aban­doned as a baby in a church in Ful­ham 49 years ago is ask­ing if any­one can shed in­for­ma­tion on his birth fam­ily and his back­ground. Nick Ayres, who lived in Hayes for 14 years, was just a few weeks old when he

where I came from.

“If my birth par­ents are still alive that would be pretty cool, it would be nice to meet them and see what they’re like.

“I don’t hold any grudge against them it must have been a very dif­fi­cult thing for them to do.”

Nick was found on a pew at the Ful­ham Road church on April 10 wrapped in a white shawl.

A Metropoli­tan Po­lice note dated May 3 1967 said a young woman had been seen car­ry­ing a baby and leav­ing a taxi near the church around 20 min­utes ear­lier. She was never traced. The foundling was taken to Ful­ham Po­lice Sta­tion and then the Vi­o­let Melchett Nurs­ery be­hind Chelsea Reg­is­ter Of­fice.

While there he was nam edd Ni­cholas as Brown and his date of birth th on his birth th cer­tifi­ca­tee reads ‘ On or r about thee T hi rdd Fe­bru­ary y 1967’.

Nick wass adopted and d took the fam­ily name Ayres. His dad, a fire fighter, died when he was two from in­juries he sus­tained suc­cess­fully res­cu­ing five ve chil­dren from a blaze in North Kens­ing­ton, and his mother never kept his back­ground a se­cret.

Nick said: “This search is like a nee­dle in a haystack, I ha have no idea wh where I’m from, wh who my birth mo mother is, why I wa was aban­doned. ““I don’t feel los lost but it would be nice to know whe where I come from from, if I was from Ful­ham or arou around that area. “O “Other peo­ple have a fam­ily tree and know about their grand­par­ents and great grand­par­ents.grand It would­woul be nice to know where I come from and the his­to­ry­his­tor of my fam­ily.”fam­ily His mother died in 2001 and it was not un­til 2005 that Nick started mak­ing in­quiries to solve his mys­tery.

He said: “It’s dif­fi­cult to ex­plain but be­cause I have al­ways known it’s not the most im­por­tant thing in the world for me.

“But it would be nice for me, my two daugh­ters and grand­daugh­ter to know my back­ground.”

After his fa­ther died he and his mum moved from North Kens­ing­ton to Padding­ton.

There, at 15, he met his wife Mandy. They mar­ried in 1993 at Chelsea Reg­is­ter Of­fice and at the time he was un­aware that the nurs­ery which cared for him as a baby was just a stone’s throw away – and after a brief stay in Shepherd’s Bush, moved to Hayes where they lived for 14 years.

Then seven years ago they de­cided to move out of Lon­don and he now lives hap­pily in Nor­folk.

Nick, who said vis­it­ing Our Lady of Dolours Servite Church for the first time a few years ago was an ‘emo­tional’ ex­pe­ri­ence, added: “If I don’t find any­thing it won’t change my life, but on the other hand if I do find some­thing or some­one maybe it will.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion to help can con­tact Nick on ni c k fo un d l i n g @ g m a i l . com.

n FAM­ILY SEARCH: Nick Ayres and (in­set) a clip­ping from the Chelsea News in 1967

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