I spent years look­ing for dad... he was so near yet so far away Life­time’s search for fa­ther liv­ing in same city

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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

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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.

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