You’ve waited a lifetime for this moment.
Two brothers separated by more than seven decades were due to meet in person for the first time on Sunday.
Ted Nobbs of Britain was due to board a plane to Australia for the long-awaited reunion with his youngest brother Geoff, who was put up for adoption as an infant in 1945.
“Hopefully when I come to Australia I’ll be able to meet and hug Geoffrey, which I’ve never been able to do,” Ted said in a recent interview with British news agency SWNS.
Geoff, now 79, was the youngest of four boys but when their mother died of cancer at 30 their father abandoned the 2-year-old, Ted recalled while holding a framed black and white photograph of the four brothers together as tots.
“And I think dad had this picture taken so we all knew each other and we could look back and look up to each other,” Ted, 83, told SWNS.
Ted, from Rugby, Warwickshire, and Geoff were able to bond, along with other brother Barry, in 2014 after Geoff wrote to Barry, SWNS reported.
They spoke on the phone many times and at one point Ted said Geoff was planning to visit him for his 80th birthday before plans fell through due to COVID-19, Metro reported.
“We had the celebrations anyway and there was a big screen TV in the hotel and [my son] Christopher had a video of Geoff playing. He wished me a happy birthday,” Ted said, according to Metro.
“After that I said, ‘Okay, then I’ll go see him.'”
Ted will fly to Sydney – the first time he has been on a plane in 50 years, the outlet reported. Geoff’s adoptive family moved there in 1951 when he was 7, Metro reported.
The pensioner will meet his brother’s eight children and attend Geoff’s granddaughter’s wedding, the outlet said.
“I’m really looking forward to it,” Ted told SWNS. “I never thought I would live to see this day.”
Barry will not be attending the personal reunion due to ill health and the eldest brother, John, died in 2010 before family members reunited.
“It’s just heartbreaking because I just want to hug him,” Barry said, “but it’s really nice that Ted will be able to do that. I’m just glad we found him after all these years.”
https://nypost.com/2022/09/04/two-uk-brothers-to-reunite-after-77-years-apart/ Two British brothers meet again after 77 years