Weston woman finds long-lost twin sisters after 65 years apart... in Clevedon
PUBLISHED: 16:57 30 August 2017
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A woman from Weston, who has not seen her twin sisters for 65 years after they were adopted, has found out her long-lost family live just a few miles away in North Somerset.
Linda Lewis, aged 71, approached ITV’s Long Lost Family television programme to help trace sisters Frances and Jennifer, who were both adopted after their mother Florence died.
Experts discovered the twins had their names changed to Dawn and Eve by their adoptive parents and amazingly live on the same street in Clevedon – less than 10 miles away from Linda.
All three said they felt elated to be reunited, and yet sad for all the memories and special occasions they had missed out on.
Linda was five years old when Florence died following an operation, aged 29.
Her dad Charles struggled to cope with the three children and made the decision to put the two babies, who were five months old at the time, up for adoption.
Linda said: “Dad was left with two very young babies that needed a mother’s attention which must have been very difficult.
“He was devastated he lost his wife and he couldn’t cope with us all.
“Losing mum and then losing the twins is like one big bereavement.”
With just the original birth certificates for Frances and Jennifer, Linda stood little chance of finding her long-lost sisters.
However, the ITV show’s experts managed to track down Dawn and Eve in Clevedon and hosts Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell reunited them in tonight’s (Wednesday’s) emotional show.
Dawn and Eve had been told their birth mother had died in childbirth and they felt guilty, which made them hesitant about trying to find their long-lost relatives, fearing they may not be welcomed by their real family.
Dawn said: “I think she’s (Linda’s) lovely.
“Now we’ll be together as a family, all of us together.”
For Linda, going on the television show has given her an extra spring in her step.
She said: “Now I’ve got them back, it’s like another life starting.
“They’re lovely. It’s everything I wished for.”