A woman who spent her whole live trying to track down the mother who abandoned her when she was just three years old discovers she has five siblings who never knew she existed on Long Lost Family.
In a first for the ITV show, hosted by Nicky Campbell and Davina McCall, the episode focused on helping families of missing people find their loved ones.
Beryl Everall, from Stourbridge in the West Midlands, revealed her mother Miriam Stokes left her and her sister when she was a toddler over 60 years ago and ‘never came back’.
‘That’s the last we heard of her,’ she said. ‘I can’t remember my mum at all. There is nothing. Is she ever going to come back and say, “I’m your mother?” It eats away at you. It’s always there at the back of your mind: “why?”‘
68 year old Beryl explained how her mum Miriam disappeared from her life at the age of 3 during the latest episode of Long Lost Family
Beryl was cared for by her dad and aunts and the subject of her mum was never brought up again.
However, at the age of eight, she plucked up the courage to question her family members about her disappearance, at which point an aunt told her she believed Miriam had run off with an American solider.
Beryl was then directed to her grandfather for more answers – but after visiting a pub he worked at, Beryl was saddened to hear that he had passed away.
She later discovered she had a sister three years her junior, called Yvonne, after she was contacted out of the blue by a distant relative with some information about her mother.
Sam Bradley, who had spent years researching Beryl’s family history, discovered that her mother Miriam had sadly passed away in 2000.
Beryl saw a picture of her mother Miriam Stokes for the first time as Davina McCall revealed that she had two brother and a sister
As the Long Lost Family team set about locating Yvonne, they came across an even bigger discovery – that Miriam had also gone on to have four sons.
Meeting Yvonne and two of Beryl’s brothers, David and Richard, for the first time in Cardiff, host Nicky discovered that they knew nothing of their long-lost sister.
‘We never had an inkling at all,’ Yvonne explained, before Richard added: ‘Knowing my mother as I know my mother, I find it hard to believe. She looked after us and you couldn’t wish for a better mother. We had everything.’
‘That’s why we find it hard to understand how she was with us and then she had a daughter we knew nothing about. At the time, we didn’t have any secrets from each other,’ David added.
Beryl was finally reunited with brothers Richard (left of Beryl) and David (far right) and sister Yvonne
Back in the West Midlands, Davina broke the news to Beryl that she had more than one sibling. Overcome with emotion, Beryl explained that she was happy to discover that her siblings had stayed with their mum because it gave her a connection to her.
As Davina confirmed that she would never discover what led her mum to leave her over 60 years ago because David, Yvonne and Richard never knew of her, Beryl revealed that she was happy to close the chapter.
‘I should let it go and think, well, at least I’ve got these and they can tell me all about her. It’s a closed book now,’ she said. ‘It’s gone from being just me to having a whole family.’
When the time came to meet face-to-face, Beryl said: ‘This is the day I’ve waited for for 60 odd years. I’ve been on my own for so long and then all of a sudden out of the blue comes a whole new family.’
The last episode in the series also focused on the appeal to find 28-year-old Matthew Bone, who went missing in March 2018
As Yvonne admitted she wished they had met years ago, the long-lost siblings finally embraced in the very house Beryl stayed in until she was three.
‘The warmth of them all, I feel like I’ve known them for ages. It’s unreal,’ Beryl said. ‘I feel so comfortable talking to them. I do feel closer to my mother.’
‘The way she talks, that’s my mother,’ Richard exclaimed as he spoke about meeting his long-lost sister for the first time.
The last episode of the series also followed two families who are searching for their loved ones.
Matthew Bone went missing at the age of 27 from Portsmouth, after he failed to return home from a walk on March 4 last year.
Confident that her son is still alive, Matthew’s mum Karen has kept his room as it is and has unopened birthday and Christmas presents for him.
With no new evidence indicating his whereabouts, Matthew’s dad Mike told the cameras that the family have so many unanswered questions.
‘Did he want to disappear? Has he taken time out? Has he been kidnapped? We want to know what’s happened,’ he explained.
Simon Greaves (centre) has been missing since 2013. His family are confident that he is still alive
Viewers were also introduced to Rachel Pickthall, whose brother Simon Greaves went missing five years ago in 2013.
At the age of 33, Simon had moved to London, married his long-term girlfriend and had a baby daughter. However, as his relationship broke down, Simon was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
On December 23 that year, Simon’s family got a worrying call that his campervan had been found abandoned at Bempton Cliffs in Yorkshire. A thorough search by mountain rescue teams found no trace of Simon.
With no suggestion that Simon intended to take his own life, Rachel and her family believe Simon is still out there.
The worried mother said: ‘Simon had gone missing a couple of times before and because of his character and personality, which was quite unpredictable, we got used to that and we just said, “That’s the way Simon is, that’s the way he likes to operate”.’