Eighty-three-year-old Ted Nobbs and 79-year-old Geoff Nobbs have lived 10,000 miles apart for many years after their family split up toward the close of World War II, the Mirror reported Thursday.
Ted and his siblings Barry and John were separated from little Geoff when their mother died of cancer because their father was unable to care for the child.
He was placed for adoption and later moved to Australia in 1951 with his adoptive family. Since that time, the three other siblings tried unsuccessfully to locate him.
Video footage showed Ted holding a photo of his beloved siblings. He pointed to Geoff and said, “He was adopted when he was two years old and I’ve never seen him.”
“I believe that Dad had this photograph taken so that we all knew one another and we could look back and we could look at one another. How we were,” he continued.
A few years ago after John passed away, Geoff found Barry and contacted him, which led to the siblings talking on the phone and online.
Ted eventually began planning to meet Geoff in real life.
Geoff had wanted to visit England for Ted’s 80th birthday, but the coronavirus pandemic halted those plans.
“After that, I said ‘right I’ll go and see him then’. I fly out this weekend. I haven’t flown for 50 years,” Ted explained, adding he was flying alone because Barry could not due to health concerns.
Geoff, who made his home near Sydney, told the Mirror, “It’s going to be really emotional and overwhelming but I just can’t wait to give him a big hug.”
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