Emotional reunion for Ipswich dad

FOR Tony Goulbourne today is one of the most emotional days of his life.

FOR Tony Goulbourne today is one of the most emotional days of his life.

The 45-year-old from Gippeswyk Road, Ipswich, is due to meet his son for the first time after they discovered each other's whereabouts through the internet.

Mr Goulbourne's son Leon Bailey had looked for his blood relatives for more than 20 years after being put up for adoption when his was two years old.

Today, the 26-year-old was due to fly in to Terminal 4 at Heathrow Airport at 9.35am from Texas where he now lives.

While waiting for his son to arrive Mr Goulbourne said: “I'm very excited and trying to keep calm. It's very strange.

“I don't know what I'm going to say. I haven't got a clue. I will just wait to see what he says.

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“We will pick Leon up and bring him back to Ipswich to meet the rest of the family and show him around.”

Mr Bailey discovered how to get in contact with his real parents, Mr Goulbourne and Debra Kneuman though MySpace.

A search which took two decades to come to fruition ended in minutes when Mr Bailey type in his mother's name to the search engine last August.

Mrs Kneuman, who now lives in Virginia, went to see him in Texas.

After they made contact she searched for Mr Goulbourne through MySpace and found him.

Mr Goulbourne had even posted pictures of his son on his online profile.

Mrs Kneuman was travelling to Heathrow today with Mr Goulbourne to meet their son when he was scheduled to fly in from Houston.

Mrs Kneuman, who is staying with her sister Rosie in Turner Road, Ipswich, said: “It's amazing, how after all these years, two people can just get together. When I met Leon in the States it was just like where we left off.

“I excited. I just want to see the look on Leon's face when he sees his dad.”

Mrs Kneuman was a teenager when she gave birth to Leon in 1982.

However, she her relationship with Mr Goulbourne came to an end and she felt unable to raise Leon on her own.

Leon was then adopted by an American couple who were stationed at Bentwaters airbase near Woodbridge.