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Wednesday 18 October 2017

Son (50) enjoys best gift -- a first festive season with his dad

A 50-year-old man is looking forward to the "best present ever" when he spends time with his father on Christmas Day for the first time.

Westley Grey, who lives near Greenock, near Glasgow had never met his father until October this year when he travelled to the US.

Along with his twin David, Westley started searching for his birth father after his mother Thomasina died. They knew that he had served in the US Navy and eventually tracked him down to Texas.

Westley Moorehead joined the US Navy in 1945 aged 17. In the early 1960s he was stationed at Holy Loch in Argyll and Bute, a US nuclear submarine base during the Cold War.

While there he met Thomasina and the couple fell in love, but shortly afterwards Westley Snr was sent to the Caribbean during the Cuban missile crisis.

Just after he left, Thomasina discovered she was pregnant with twins but had no way of contacting Westley, who had no idea until David found him in the US.

"That's the best Christmas present I could ever want," Westley Jnr said.

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