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Man tracks down parents 33 years after being abandoned as a baby in Gatwick toilet

23:20, Monday, 13 May, 2019
Man tracks down parents 33 years after being abandoned as a baby in Gatwick toilet

A dad has tracked down his birth family after spending half his life searching for his parents after being abandoned as a baby at Gatwick Airport.

Steven Hydes, who was dubbed Gary Gatwick, said thanks to the work of genealogists he was able to track down his dad and his siblings, who had no idea of his existence.


     But his mother died before he could find her.

Steven, who is now 33, was found on a shelf in a toilet at the airport on April 10, 1986.

The 10-day-old boy was found wrapped in a shawl in the South Terminal by duty-free sales assistant Beryl Wright.

Announcing the end of the search for his long-lost family on his Facebook page "Gary Gatwick Airport Baby Abandoned, Steve said: "Some good news!


     "After 15 years of searching I am happy to confirm that with the very hard work of Genetic Genealogists, CeCe Moore and Helen Riding we have been able to trace and confirm my birth family.

"Unfortunately my birth mum has passed away so I am unable to find out exactly what happened and why.

"However, I have found my birth father and siblings on both sides, who were all unaware of my existence."

The dad-of-two, who also featured in a BBC Three documentary in 2011, had been taken into foster care before being adopted and being brought up with three sisters.

He had initially been given the name Gary Gatwick, after the teddy donated to him bought from one of the airport's gift shops. His name was changed to Steven Hydes when he was formally adopted.

Steve concluded the Facebook post by saying: "As you can imagine this is quite a sensitive issue to all involved and very new to us all, but I wanted to take this time to thank everyone for their continued support over the years.

"The work the genealogists do is incredible and for years they have worked so hard and it is thanks to them they are solving cases like mine.

"More people are having their DNA tested every day and I hope this and my story can help raise awareness and prevent other babies from being abandoned."

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