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Brother and sister reunited

PUBLISHED: 20:00 12 December 2002 | UPDATED: 13:11 03 March 2010

DELIGHTED Sylvia Cable has found her long-lost brother after 40 years apart - thanks to the Evening Star's web site!

By a set of lucky circumstances the 60-year-old will soon be reunited with her Australian sibling all because of what she describes as fate.

DELIGHTED Sylvia Cable has found her long-lost brother after 40 years apart – thanks to The Evening Star's website.

By a set of lucky circumstances the 60-year-old will soon be reunited with her Australian sibling all because of what she describes as fate.

With the help of friends and the Evening Star's Finding Friends website Mrs Cable will now be able to give her brother the first hug since they parted in 1962 when he returns to England for a two month stay.

"It's like a dream come true," said Mrs Cable, of Thorn Way, Felixstowe.

"Unbelievable, it's going to be the icing on the cake, it's something I have dreamt about. I have told my children about him and they're going to be meeting him after all these years.

"It all started back in 1962, my brother travelled around the world and ended up in Australia.

"By this time we had all moved on and we completely lost touch, although we thought about each other.

"He was given an old computer last year and he came across this website, Evening Star's Finding Friends, and he thought, right I'll have a go."

Her brother Ron Barnes, 64, of New South Wales posted the only picture he had of his two sisters when they were young on the Star's website for finding lost friends and family.

The amazing story took a further step when Sue and Robin Biddle, of Kirton Road, Trimley St Martin, went on the website. Mrs Biddle saw the picture and recognised Mrs Cable's younger sister, Gillian Bastion, from her school days.

She knew Mrs Cable's step-dad and decided to tell him the news.

Finally Mrs Cable found out that her long-lost brother was trying to contact her and from there the two got to know each other again via e-mail and phone.

"He didn't believe it for a minute that he would get in touch. It's all thanks to Sue and Robin. They are special people for doing this."

Mrs Cable can still remember the first emotional phone call the two had in November last year.

"I couldn't speak I just shook from head to foot, we were both crying. We cried for the first two or three phone calls."

However neither sibling was financially able to get a plane ticket to the other side of the world.

"There was no way in the world I could visit him and he couldn't afford it."

But this Christmas Mr Barnes got a special early birthday present from his youngest son – a plane ticket to Heathrow.

Mr Barnes arrives in England on February.

"We'll do a lot of talking, maybe go back to our birthplace and reminisce," said Mrs Cable.

WEBLINK

www.eveningstar.co.uk/friends/index.asp

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