Could I be Bernard Man­ning’s lovechild?

Manchester Evening News - - FRONT PAGE - By BEN MCVAY news­desk@men-news.co.uk @MENnews­desk

A MAN who is the spit­ting im­age of Bernard Man­ning says he is will­ing to take a DNA test to set­tle whether or not he is the late co­me­dian’s lovechild.

Peter O’Con­nor, 55, has been told more times than he can re­mem­ber how much he re­sem­bles the con­tro­ver­sial comic.

The TV ex­tra and mu­si­cian, who grew up just a mile from where Bernard Man­ning lived, in New Mos­ton, says he would hear his dad throw in­sults to his mum about ‘other chil­dren’ in their mar­riage dur­ing rows.

He claims to have met the comic un­der bizarre cir­cum­stances aged 12 while walk­ing home from Sea Cadets with some friends one af­ter­noon.

Peter says the co­me­dian – known for his po­lit­i­cally in­cor­rect hu­mour – pulled over at the side of the road in his Rolls Royce and handed out signed pho­to­graphs of him­self.

Peter, who was one of four chil­dren, said: “Grow­ing up I used to hear my mum and dad ar­gu­ing all the time.

“He would have a go at her for chil­dren that were not his.

“She would leave him and we would end up in Black­pool and all sorts of places.

“I didn’t look any­thing like my dad and he used to treat my friends bet­ter than me – I of­ten won­dered why.

“As I got older peo­ple would say, ‘you know who you look like?’ I got so used to it I used to say, ‘Brad Pitt or Steve McQueen?’”

Com­ments from strangers about the strik­ing re­sem­blance and mem­o­ries from child­hood have left Peter con­stantly won­der­ing if his real fa­ther could be the portly co­me­dian.

He said: “If he was my fa­ther I would be a bit sad that no one ever told me.

“But if the chance to have a DNA test done was of­fered I would take it.

“I’m not a gold dig­ger – I just want to know one way or an­other.”

Bernard Man­ning died in June 2007 at the age of 76. He had suf­fered a kid­ney com­plaint and passed away in North Manch­ester Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal.

Peter O’Con­nor says he could be the lovechild of the late Bernard Man­ning, in­set

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