Brothers’ emo­tional re­u­nion af­ter 40 years

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

ADAD was left stunned when his brother he hadn’t seen for 40 years walked into his lo­cal pub.

Dar­ryl Bell, 69, hadn’t seen his sib­ling Mait­land, 71, since the lat­ter moved to Canada in the 1970s.

But the two were brought to­gether in an emo­tional re­u­nion af­ter Dar­ryl’s daugh­ter Louise found an op­por­tu­nity to re­con­nect them.

Dar­ryl, a re­tired butcher who lives in Tyther­ing­ton with wife Judie, said: “I knew ab­so­lutely noth­ing about it. It was a to­tal sur­prise.

“It’s the best day I have had since I got mar­ried, ab­so­lutely marvel­lous.”

He said he couldn’t thank his daugh­ter enough for or­gan­is­ing it.

The meet­ing came cour­tesy of Toby Carvery who put out an ap­peal on the ra­dio for fam­i­lies to reach out if they have loved ones who had lost touch. Louise Bell from Tyther­ing­ton, was se­lected fol­low­ing her story about her dad Dar­ryl and un­cle Mait­land.

Mait­land moved to Canada with his wife in the early 1970s for work and over the years, the brothers sim­ply lost touch.

They were re­con­nected last year af­ter the death of their mother, and have re­mained in touch with a monthly phone call, but Louise wanted to pro­vide them with some­thing more than a voice on the other end of the phone.

Louise wanted to re­con­nect him with her un­cle, who she had never met.

Louise said: “My dad has al­ways sup­ported me; when I was younger right through to be­ing there to help with bring­ing up my two chil­dren.

“It broke my heart to see how ex­cited he was for his monthly calls to his brother, when pick­ing up the phone and call­ing some­one with­out a thought is just taken for granted.”

As a sur­prise, Louise or­gan­ised a meal for Dar­ryl at the Toby Carvery in Adling­ton, where Mait­land ‘ Skyped’ the whole fam­ily. When the video started to cut out, Dar­ryl was up­set.

Lit­tle did he know that the ‘video call’ was in fact pre-recorded, and as the video ended he felt a tap on his shoul­der and turned around to come face to face with his lon­glost brother Mait­landd in an emo­tion­ally- charged re­u­nion.

Louise added: “I’mm so pleased we man- aged to re­unite my y dad and my un­clee af­ter all th­ese years!

“It was hard to keepp the se­cret from dad,d, but I would do it againin in a heart­beat to see his face light up when he caught sight of his brother.”

Mait­landM Bell taps brother Dar­ryl on the shoul­der.sh Left, the brothers as boys. Be­low, Dar­rylDa and Mait­land with fam­ily

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