Two siblings meet their sister for the first time on Long Lost Family

Siblings meet their older sister for the first time on Long Lost Family after learning of her existence when guests at their mother’s funeral said she’d put her first child up for adoption after giving birth at 19

  • Steve Austin, 55, from Watford, was adopted but aged 26 he met his birth mother
  • Also met his half-sister Moira Tonge, now 52, who’d been raised by their mother
  • But when Mavis died in 2020, a secret older sibling came to light named Caroline
  • On tonight’s show, the Long Lost Family team find Caroline and the siblings meet

Two siblings who were told by guests at their mother’s funeral that she’d given birth to a third child aged 19 have finally been reunited with their secret older sister on Long Lost Family. 

Steve Austin, 55, from Watford, was adopted as a baby, but aged 26 he traced his birth mother Mavis Eglington and met his half-sister Moira Tonge, now 52, who had been raised by their mother.

But when Mavis died in 2020, a secret sibling came to light after guests at her funeral revealed that she had an older child called Caroline, who she’d put up for adoption after giving birth to her age 19. 

On tonight’s episode, airing on ITV at 9pm, the Long Lost Family team discover Caroline living in Steppingley in Bedfordshire, and the sister is introduced to her siblings in emotional scenes. 

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Reunited sister Moira (pictured left) and brother Steve (pictured right) with their found sister Caroline (pictured centre)

Steve Austin, 55, from Watford, was adopted as a baby, but aged 26 he traced his birth mother Mavis Eglington (pictured) and met his half-sister Moira Tonge, now 52, who had been raised by their mother

Steve was adopted as a baby and had a very happy childhood, but nearly thirty years ago he was eager to discover where he came from and set about finding his birth mother. 

Local government officer Steve says: ‘I had a wonderful childhood. Mum and Dad gave me everything but when I had a child of my own it made me realise I didn’t know who I was and where I was from.’ 

He traced Mavis via the phone book and discovered his younger sister Moira, with the siblings now sharing a close relationship. 

Moira grew up knowing nothing about her older half-brother and clearly remembers the first time she met him.

She says: ‘Steve came into my life when I was about 22. I came home and there were no introductions, but when I walked over to Steve and threw my arms around him, I just knew that this was my brother.’

But when Mavis died in 2020, a secret sibling came to light after guests at her funeral revealed that she had an older child called Caroline, who she’d put up for adoption after giving birth to her age 19. Pictured, Moira and Steve

Caroline (pictured), who was adopted, did not know about her siblings, saying: ‘I couldn’t take it in, that I was wanted or that anybody would go to that length to actually try and find me.’

On learning about Moira, father-of-two Steve recalls: ‘I had been an only child all my life, which is quite a lonely experience, so to discover I had a sister was just amazing.’ 

Yet at their birth mother’s funeral in 2020, the two were shocked to discover through guests that they shared another sibling.

Steve remembers: ‘It was the bombshell. It was, “My goodness, we’ve got an older sister”, while a determined Moira says: ‘We need to unite the three of us.’   

Steve contacted ITV’s Long Lost Family to track down Caroline, with the mother-of-three being found in Steppingley in Bedfordshire.

Caroline, who was adopted, did not know about her siblings, saying: ‘I couldn’t take it in, that I was wanted or that anybody would go to that length to actually try and find me.’

When she sees a photograph of Steve and Moira for the first time she says: ‘Hello family.’

On tonight’s episode, the Long Lost Family team discover Caroline living in Steppingley in Bedfordshire, and the sister is introduced to her siblings in emotional scenes (pictured)

Caroline recalls how she knew she was wanted by her mother, who was 19 and unmarried when having her first child in 1962, because there was a ‘tear stain on the adoption papers’.

When Mavis gave birth to Steve four years later, her family again persuaded her that adoption was the best option.

Upon hearing that Caroline has been found, Steve says: ‘We just want to embrace her. I can’t wait to meet Caroline… it’s incredible.’

Caroline travels down from Bedfordshire to join her new family and in an emotional reunion, the three siblings hug and Caroline is heard saying: ‘Don’t let me go.’

She later says: ‘It feels like everything I wanted has suddenly come together in one hit. I’m over the moon’.

Moira adds: ‘Caroline is coming into our fold and we can take our next steps on our journey wherever that may lead us. I think it’s wonderful’, with Steve agreeing, and saying: ‘This is not the end, this is the start.’

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