Emotional reunion for brother and sister after 60 years apart
Baz Adams and Eileen Birchmore, meeting for the first time in nearly 50 years. PICTURES: PAUL WILLIAMS
26th May 2021
By Natasha Swift
A brother and sister who didn’t know each other existed until earlier this year had an emotional reunion in Charlestown on Friday night after nearly 60 years apart.
Baz Adams, 67, always believed he was the baby of his seven siblings.
But after posting information about his dad on Facebook in January, Baz was contacted by Eileen Birchmore, from St Austell.
He then discovered she was one of four younger half-siblings he had never met.
Baz, who lives in Malvern, Worcestershire, travelled to Charlestown on Friday to meet Eileen for the first time in 58 years.
He told the Voice: “We found each other via Facebook back in January.
“I love family history. My dad was born in Coventry and he lived in Wickford, Essex. I went on a Wickford group on Facebook and said ‘does anybody know anything about Sidney Arthur Adams?’.
“One or two came back saying they remember him, but someone posted a video of a factory where he used to work and he was in the video.
“Because I had put up that it was my dad, Eileen spotted it and about a week later I got this message saying, ‘Hello, I think we could be related’.
“I didn’t recognise the name so messaged back and she said, ‘I think your dad is my dad’.
“I thought I knew all my brothers and sisters, but she gave me the address and described the bungalow where we used to live and she also knew my dad’s nickname, Buck.
“She just knew so much and my older brothers’ and sisters’ names.
“But she didn’t know me because the four younger siblings were put in care.
“There were seven of us at the time.
“My mum couldn’t manage with seven kids by herself after my dad left.
“I always thought I was the baby of the family, but there are four others below me which I didn’t know.”
Baz said he had unknowingly met Eileen when she was a young girl and her mum had visited his dad about a doll’s pram.
“I hitch-hiked from Coventry to Essex at 15 and went to live with my dad.
“While I was there, one day there was a knock on the back door and I went to answer it. There was a woman standing there with a young girl, who just said, ‘Is Buck in?’.
“I heard this argument, shouting and bellowing and the next thing I knew my dad’s back and he said, ‘Don’t ever let that woman in here again’.
“That kid was Eileen and her mum had come around to ask my dad for money for a pram.
“Apart from that glimpse at the door when I didn’t know who she was, I didn’t know Eileen even existed.”
On Friday, the grandad of 17, who has had four heart attacks, and Eileen, 58, met for the first time in nearly six decades.
Baz said he was “over the moon” to have finally met his little sister: “I couldn’t wait.
“It is just nice to get in touch and finally see each other. It is lovely.”
Eileen told the Voice: “Our dad was a printer and there was a video on YouTube about the factory. I saw him in the video and one of the comments someone had put up was saying, ‘That’s my dad at such and such time’.
“I thought, ‘That’s my dad’. I knew there was some family, but just didn’t know how many so I messaged Baz and it went from there.
“I couldn’t wait to meet Baz. We had spoken over video call before meeting, but this is nice. We’ve got a lot of catching up to do.”