When Sarah Kemp signed up to a website looking for love her dream was to find someone with whom she had a lot in common. So she was delighted when she found George Bentley. The pair swapped emails and photos for three months and hit it off so well that they arranged a date in London.
Only then did they discover quite how much in common they really had.
For during a chat about their childhood they realised they were long-lost brother and sister, separated by a family breakdown 36 years ago.
Mrs Kemp and Mr Bentley were born in Ashford, Kent, where they spent an ‘idyllic childhood’ with parents Felicity and David Bentley.
But the couple divorced in 1975 and Sarah, who was six, joined her mother in Edinburgh, while 11-year-old George went with his father to live in London.
Neither parent remarried but the two families never spoke again and the two young children lost touch with each other.
As adults, the siblings tried to make contact, but they had so little information that they were unable to trace each other’s whereabouts.
The search was made more difficult as Mrs Kemp had married in 1989 and, even though she divorced a decade later, she had kept her husband’s surname.
But against the odds, the siblings were reunited after they both joined the website Forget Dinner last November.
Their first ‘date’ was to meet for lunch at Mr Bentley’s local pub in East Ham, London.
Mrs Kemp, who still lives in Edinburgh, said: ‘We had so much in common and we really enjoyed each other’s company.
‘It was as if we’d known each other all our lives.’
The penny dropped about their true relationship as they talked about their childhoods during lunch.
Despite their embarrassment over the unlikely situation, they celebrated the reunion with a bottle of champagne and spent the rest of the evening catching up.
Mr Bentley said: ‘This was the meeting of a lifetime and we are now planning to see each other as often as possible.’
Bookmakers say the odds of the reunion was around 500 million to one – which is more than 30 times less likely than winning the lottery.
2011-04-08 12:27 编辑：kuaileyingyu
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