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Long Lost Family twist: Touching moment adoptive father thanks his son Marc Wolfe’s birth father

Viewers were left moved by the touching moment an adoptive father thanked his son’s birth father for ‘giving him a child’ in last night’s Long Lost Family: What Happened Next.

Appearing on the episode, Marc Wolfe, 49, a grandfather and lorry driver from Sussex, told presenter Davina McCall how his search for his birth mother ended in disappointment, after they failed to strike up the relationship he would have liked due to her living in New Zealand. 

Returning to the show, Marc told how he was adopted by a Jewish family which gave him a sense of belonging, but after losing his mother at 16 he launched a 30-year search for his birth mother – finding Esther on the show last year. 

However it was not the end of his journey, and his next search took him on the path  to finding his biological father Dave, ending in a heartwarming meeting with Marc and his adoptive father Terry.

Marc Wolfe, 49, a grandfather and lorry driver from Sussex, went on a hunt to find his biological father Dave, ending in a heartwarming meeting with Marc and his adoptive father Terry

The show began with Marc’s meeting with his mother Esther, who was forced to give up him up at 19 before she moved to New Zealand, where she went on to have two children.

Esther explained how she was brought up in strict Jewish family, and her grandparents were refugees from the German holocaust who escaped a concentration camp before relocating to England.

After falling pregnant with Marc, her family were ‘horrified’ because the father wasn’t Jewish, and refused to support Esther if she kept him.

Reuniting with Marc in England almost 50 years after giving him up, she said: ‘They had all that background between them and Marc’s father wasn’t Jewish. My parents were horrified when they found out he wasn’t Jewish and said it would kill my grandmother, so I wasn’t allowed home when I was pregnant.

Viewers were left moved by the touching moment an adoptive father thanked his son's birth father for 'giving him a child' in last night's Long Lost Family: What Happened Next.

Viewers were left moved by the touching moment an adoptive father thanked his son’s birth father for ‘giving him a child’ in last night’s Long Lost Family: What Happened Next.

‘I couldn’t have looked after him so I had no option but to give him up for adoption. It was awful giving him up. If I had had the support of my family I would have kept him.’ 

‘I always wondered if I was wanted, was there any choice for you?’, Marc asked.

And Esther said: ‘No one wants to give a child up, I certainly didn’t want to give you up’.

After the meeting, Marc said: ‘I’m feeling elated. I heard from my mum what I always wanted to hear – I was wanted’.

Returning to the show, Marc told how he was adopted by a Jewish family (seen) which gave him a sense of belonging, but after losing his mother at 16 he launched a 30-year search for his birth mother - finding Esther on the show last year

Returning to the show, Marc told how he was adopted by a Jewish family (seen) which gave him a sense of belonging, but after losing his mother at 16 he launched a 30-year search for his birth mother – finding Esther on the show last year

The show began with Marc's meeting with his mother Esther, seen, who was forced to give up him up at 19 before she moved to New Zealand, where she went on to have two children

The show began with Marc’s meeting with his mother Esther, seen, who was forced to give up him up at 19 before she moved to New Zealand, where she went on to have two children

But as the show revisited Marc 18 months later, he shared his disappointment after revealing that they still hadn't developed a relationship

But as the show revisited Marc 18 months later, he shared his disappointment after revealing that they still hadn’t developed a relationship

But as the show revisited Marc 18 months later, he shared his disappointment after revealing that they still hadn’t developed a relationship. 

‘Unfortunately even though she is my mother we are still strangers. We don’t really know anything about each other,’ admitted Marc.

‘I think the distance really doesn’t help. With her being the other side of the world the only communication is emails. You can’t really get a bond through emails.

‘I suppose it might be difficult for her as she hasn’t had me in my life for 50 years. She might not know how to deal with that herself.

‘I would have liked to have had a good, long relationship with Esther so I am a bit disappointed.’

He then decided to look for his birth father, with his birth mother giving them the name of him David Ledwith. 

He then decided to look for his birth father, with his mother giving them the name of him David Ledwith (seen) and they developed a close relationship

He then decided to look for his birth father, with his mother giving them the name of him David Ledwith (seen) and they developed a close relationship

In a touching scene, Marc and his two fathers were seen meeting and exclaimed how happy they were to meet each other, and how much they heard about one another, with the meeting going smoothly.

In a touching scene, Marc and his two fathers were seen meeting and exclaimed how happy they were to meet each other, and how much they heard about one another, with the meeting going smoothly.

Long Lost Family researchers traced him through his unusual surname in the electoral records. 

They found him in Lincolnshire, and while he was initially cautious and thought about the offer of having a DNA test because he knew nothing about Marc, his mind was soon put at ease.

He said: ‘The next day I got an email with a photograph, and I took one look at the picture and said “forget the DNA test, that’s my son I can’t argue this one”.

Speaking about their meeting, which took place off-camera, David said: ‘We became close from day one, as I look at him it’s like looking in the mirror – we’re both ex-military, we’re both lorry drivers’, and Marc added: ‘It just felt natural’. 

Meanwhile, David admitted that he’s always been a ‘loner’ and knowing Marc helped him let his guard down.

‘I’m fortunate that I now have two fathers’, Marc said, and added that introducing his two fathers would complete him – admitting he didn’t want to upset his adoptive dad.

‘Dave helped create me and dad brought me up – bringing my two fathers together is a big day for me’, he said. 

In an emotional moment, Terry (seen) added: 'Just to say, I thanked Esther for giving me her son so I really ought to thank you for giving me my son as well'

In an emotional moment, Terry (seen) added: ‘Just to say, I thanked Esther for giving me her son so I really ought to thank you for giving me my son as well’

Marc added: 'Everything in my life now makes sense now, it puts everything into place. I know exactly who I am now and where I'm from. They're both going to be part of my family forever now'.

Marc added: ‘Everything in my life now makes sense now, it puts everything into place. I know exactly who I am now and where I’m from. They’re both going to be part of my family forever now’.

Ahead of the meeting. his fathers took it in their stride, with adoptive father Terry saying: ‘I got up this morning quite excited at the thought of meeting Dave, it’s not something I ever expected to happen’.

In a touching scene, the trio were seen meeting and exclaimed how happy they were to meet each other, and how much they heard about one another, with the meeting going smoothly. 

‘Marc was always keen to find out more about you and meet you so this is really quite exciting’, Terry told Dave.

And in an emotional moment, Terry added: ‘Just to say, I thanked Esther for giving me her son so I really ought to thank you for giving me my son as well’.

Dave replied: ‘My thanks go to you for doing a wonderful job bringing him up’.

Dave later told the camera: ‘Terry has given Marc a purpose – he’s given him everything that I should have given him. That’s my regret – that I wasn’t there to give it to him’.

Speaking after the meeting, Terry added: ‘To meet Marc’s natural father has been a wonderful experience in my life’.

Marc added: ‘Everything in my life now makes sense now, it puts everything into place. I know exactly who I am now and where I’m from. They’re both going to be part of my family forever now’. 

And Twitter users gushed over the touching moment, with one admitting: ‘Love the respect that Marc has for both his natural and biological father. He made it clear they are both his family’.

Another added: ‘Tears before bedtime’, while one said: ‘Three lovely men, what a joyful outcome’. 

And Twitter users gushed over the touching moment, with one admitting: 'Love the respect that Marc has for both his natural and biological father. He made it clear they are both his family'

And Twitter users gushed over the touching moment, with one admitting: ‘Love the respect that Marc has for both his natural and biological father. He made it clear they are both his family’

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