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Son to Skype father on Christmas Day after 50 year hunt

A man who waited 50 years to meet his father is looking forward to the "best present ever" as he sees him on Christmas Day for the first time this year.

Westley Grey who lives in Scotland meeting his father in the US, Westley Snr Moorehead for the first time Credit: Press Association

50-year-old Westley Grey lives near Greenock in Inverclyde and had never met his father until October this year when he travelled to the US.

Along with his twin brother 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 Grey and his twin baby brother David in the arms of their mother Thomasina Credit: Press Association
  • Westley Snr Moorehead joined the US Navy in 1945 aged 17. In the early 1960s he was stationed at Holy Loch in Argyll and Bute, which was 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 and later to war in Vietnam
  • Just after he left, Thomasina discovered she was pregnant with twins but had no way of contacting Westley Snr, who had no idea until David found him in the US

David travelled alone to Texas to meet his father, who is now 84, and discovered that he and his brother have three stepsisters and a stepbrother.

It's been the best year of my life and now I can't wait to see my dad for the first time in my life on Christmas day when I Skype him.

That's the best Christmas present I could ever want. It was the most amazing moment in my life to have finally met my dad for the first time.

I waited 50 years for to see him and was completely lost for words when I first saw him. I just gave him a big hug.

– Westley Grey
Thomasina with Westley Snr Moorehead just before he was called away to the Caribbean Credit: PA Wire

I felt blessed to have met Westley and David for the first time in my life.

It was incredibly emotional to have met Westley, I will never forget the moment I first saw him. Now I'm very much looking forward to speaking to him for the first time on Christmas Day.

The past few months have been a rollercoaster of emotions - meeting Westley for the very first time and then losing my wife.

I'm extremely glad though that they managed to meet before Bernadine died. He will have good memories of a wonderful woman.

– Westley Snr Moorehead