Long Lost Family father ‘puts things right’ as he reunites with son he never knew

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In 1988, baby Steve – now 31 years old – was abandoned by his birth mother in a public toilet close to Wolverhampton football stadium.

The foundling was named after Wolverhampton Wanderers’ star player at the time, Steve Bull – but he knows little else about his puzzling start in life. However, through painstaking detective work and genetic testing, ITV’s Long Lost Family helps reunite Steve with his birth father.

Long Lost Family is known for tugging on our heartstrings, but in the final episode of Born Without A Trace – which airs Wednesday 26 May at 9pm on ITV – there’s an especially heart wrenching reunion.

Steve’s adoptive parents were open about his beginnings, so he has known he was abandoned from an early age.

Despite putting out a public appeal to find his birth mother in the past, Steve had no information about who left him or why – until now.

With the help of the team at Long Lost Family – including hosts Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell – Steve was able to make contact with his birth mother and even meet his birth father on camera.

Steve’s birth father Rob had no idea he had a son. “I was shocked. I couldn’t believe it. I was that shocked. I didn’t even know he was born,” Rob explains.

Now married and a father of two grown up girls, Rob said he understood the importance of family and was determined to connect with Steve. “It’s like looking in a mirror,” he said when Nicky showed him a photo.

In the run up to their emotional meeting, Steve said: “I feel very excited for today. I’m really looking forward to meeting Rob and I’m excited to see what the last 32 years have been like for him and find out what sort of life he’s led.”

Rob added: “It’s a happy day to meet my son. I can’t wait to see him – just to say sorry. I wish I could’ve been there through his life, but now I can be. Today is my chance to try and put things right. I just hope I can.”

As the pair reunite with a hand shake they sit down and discover more about one another. Turns out, they both have a talent for art.

“All his artwork. Brilliant,” said Rob. “I missed out on him growing up seeing the fun things he’s done, helping him out with his artwork. I wish I could’ve done all that.”

Although Steve has also made contact with his mother, he didn’t reunite with her on the show. However she did sent him a photograph and letter explaining her desperate situation at the time of abandonment.

“I found a story about you years ago in a magazine,” she wrote. “You look so happy with your proper family and I’m glad of that. I’m sorry I did what I did. Be happy always. I will always love you.”

You can watch the rest of Steve’s story tonight at 9pm in Long Lost Family: Born Without A Trace on ITV. Tonight's episode also sees Sarah Dunkley discover an uncanny connection to a long lost sibling.

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