Dad reunited with sons after more than two decades
Published: March 25, 2008 | 6951st good news item since 2003
A FATHER who had not seen his children for 21 years has been re-united with both his sons thanks to the Chronicle.
We revealed how Frank finally found his eldest son Ashley, 26, who he hadn’t seen for more than 21 years – despite living just 10 miles away from each other.
Now, Frank has at last met his other son, Damien, 24, after years of separation.
Frank, 58, who runs a guesthouse on Ocean Road, South Shields, said the best moment of the whirlwind past fortnight was simply hearing his two boys call him dad.
He said: “That meant a lot to me.
“I really wasn’t expecting them to call me dad after all these years.
“It’s been a bit of a whirlwind for all this to happen.”
Frank proudly spoke of their future together as a family and said he would never let them go again.
“We’ve definitely got a future together. I’m not letting go now.”
And Damien, of Medway Place, Cramlington, said he decided to start searching for his dad after he saw a photo of him at Christmas last year.
He said: “I don’t know why, but seeing the photo triggered something. I didn’t want to ask him why I hadn’t see him or anything. It was about finding out who I am.”
He also said he could see similarities between the two of them. He said: “It was quite strange seeing my dad because he was so different to the photo I had always had.”
And Frank said he’s looking forward to being there for his two sons in the future.
He said: “Neither are married yet, so I’m really pleased I’ve still got that to look forward to.”
Frank said: “When I’m walking around with them I introduce them as my two boys.
“It’s the sort of thing you hear on the Oprah Winfrey Show, but it’s not the kind of thing you expect to happen to you.
Damien, who studies music at Newcastle College and DJs in some of Newcastle’s biggest clubs under the name DJ Capo Ultra, said: “I haven’t thought about the future in too much depth, it’s still a recent shock. I’d just like to keep seeing my dad as much as possible.”