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Emotional moment woman reunites with with her birth mum after 50 years

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A woman from Sheffield has been reunited with her birth mother after more than 50 years apart.

Professional dancer Amanda Village, 51, was adopted as a baby and grew up in Durham but, now a mum herself, was desperate to find the woman that gave her up all those years ago.

Tonight’s episode of ITV’s Long Lost Families will follow her journey in finding her birth mother after decades of heartache.

Amanda still remembers the moment that she was told she was adopted, with the news broken to her by her adopted mum.

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She said: “I didn’t really want to know that I had another mum because I felt as if I wasn’t wanted.

“The first thing that goes through your mind, when you’re old enough to understand is, did she not want me? And if she didn’t want me, why did she not want me?”

Amanda, who has never married through lifelong fear of rejection, said that she carried this feeling throughout her life – but was finally brave enough to look into her past.



Amanda Village (right) found her birth mum, Sue, after 51 years
Amanda Village (right) found her birth mum, Sue, after 51 years

However, Amanda’s only leads so far were through her adoptive parents.

With the help of a team of trained intermediaries, DNA experts and investigators, Amanda was finally able to track down her mum and the touching reunion has been filmed for the hit ITV show which is now in its 11th series.

The show, which will air Amanda’s story on Monday (July 19), reveals that Amanda’s birth mum, Susan Williams, was a teenager in the 1960s when she fell pregnant with Amanda.

Susan lived at an Army base in Wales with her family and was considered too young to be a parent, so gave little Amanda up for adoption.

When she visited the Army base where Susan had lived, Amanda was overcome with emotion.

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She said: “Knowing what I’m like after I’ve had my son….you get that bond. Oh, I don’t know why I’m upset, it’s just…just emotions thinking about it.”

Amanda was desperate to know what had happened to Susan after giving her up for adoption and the team at Long Lost Families were able to help her expand her search.

Show host, Nicky Campbell, was the first to meet Sue and she tells him that she has never forgotten Amanda, despite having other children since.

And Sue reveals that she has even told her son’s about Amanda, reliving the devastation that she felt shortly after giving her up, she said: “I used to go to bed and cry some nights. You know, you just keep seeing it, you know, you close your eyes and you just see her.”

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When the show’s co-host Davina McCall visits Amanda to tell her the great news – that they have tracked down her birth mother – Amanda is ecstatic and, two days before her 51st birthday finally got to meet her mum.

In an emotional reunion, Sue said: “I’ve always loved her… It felt as though I’d known her for years.”

And Amanda said that she felt the same, she said: “I definitely knew I belonged to her.”

Unfortunately, the duo had to socially distance during their reunion but have since been able to embrace in the first proper hug that they have had together for the first time in over half a century.

Long Lost Family airs on ITV, Mondays at 9pm.

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Written by: Rother Radio News


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