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Kyle’s so happy to have finally met the dad he grew up pining for. Square. As I was waiting to be directed to the table, dad put his hand on my shoulder and I turned round.
“I reached out to give him something between a handshake and a hug.
“I had grown up desperate to meet him and here he was at last.
“We spoke for ages over dinner finding out about how our lives had shaped over the years.”
Kyle discovered he had been kept secret from Jim’s family. Even his parents were not told they had become grandparents and they died without knowing existence.
Kyle added: “Dad had to break the news to his brothers and sisters, who were shocked and delighted to learn of his secret son.
“His wife Sharon took the news well and welcomed me.
“My own mum understands my need to see dad and I am grateful for that.”
Jim, 50, now a manager at Scottish Water, revealed that not a day went by without him wondering how Kyle was growing up.
“As the years passed it became
Family album: Kyle as a child with his grandad George, far left, and with his dad Jim and great gran Mary. more difficult to make contact,” said Jim. “I am so happy that Kyle made the effort to find me. I would advise anyone who has lost touch with their children to find them.
“Kyle has grown into a fine young man any dad would be proud of.
“My wife and I are going out to Minorca to see him shortly.
“We speak regularly and FaceTime, just like other dads and sons. Life couldn’t be better.”
And Kyle changed his name from Hulley to Reid-Hulley.
“I felt it was important to recognise dad,” he smiled.