He's one of Leicester's most recognisable sports stars, a true blue Fox that's graced the pitches of the Premier League for season after season and is a real fan favourite at the King Power. No, not Jamie Vardy - we're talking about Filbert Fox. But do you remember a time the Leicester City FC mascot wasn't ploughing a lone furrow? More than a decade ago now, Filbert was often joined by two fellow foxes. Their names were Vicky Vixen, and Cousin Dennis. The trio lived in a secret den at the Walkers Stadium together, and all three were a regular part of the matchday entertainment and more up until the middle of the noughties before Filbert's buddies stepped away from the limelight. In 2007, the Leicester Mercury helped the club to run an unsuccessful appeal for two people to help bring them back. At the time, club stalwart Alan Birchenall said: “Mascots are part and parcel of our football club and we are lucky to have an instantly recognisable one in Filbert. “Bringing back … [Read more...] about Do you remember Filbert Fox’s long lost family members?
Long lost family
My name is Karen Bishop. I am 65 years old and live in the UK. I am writing to enlist your readers’ help in a search on behalf of my elderly mother Betty Pond, to make contact with a long-lost family friend. I spent some of my childhood years in Cyprus as my father was in the British forces based at RAF Nicosia from 1951 until we relocated back to the UK in 1955. As sometimes happens, our family eventually lost contact with close friends that had been made during the time spent in Nicosia. Recently, ever mindful of the passing of the years, I made a promise to my mother to attempt to re-establish contact with one of those family friends from the past. Obviously I cannot track down everyone with whom we have lost contact and so I have chosen as representative someone who, whilst referred to as “Uncle” and was close to the family, was not actually related. Regrettably, I cannot provide the sort of structured and detailed information … [Read more...] about Looking for long-lost family friend
Cayley Cox never gave up hope and her determination has been repaid in the best possible way. Thirty years ago Cayley, now 52, was shocked to discover she had a brother. It led to a remarkable decision. Since then she refused to leave the home she grew up in, hoping, one day, he would knock on the door. Little did Cayley know but that brother, Nick Rhoades, 50, came tantalisingly close to doing just that – only to walk away at the last minute. But now thanks to ITV’s Long Lost Family, presented by Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell, the pair have enjoyed an emotional reunion. Cayley’s mum Jacqueline left when her daughter was seven to start a new life in America. Cayley was brought up by her nan Victoria, who died in 2001, in Haverhill, Suffolk, and vividly recalls first finding out about Nick. Now a mum of three, Cayley said: “When I found out, I was upset and quite angry as I had that feeling of being misled. I confronted my nan. “She wasn’t … [Read more...] about Long lost brother and sister meet for first time after 50 years
A Northern Ireland woman has become the oldest ever participant in the hit ITV series Long Lost Family. Margaret Sweeney (83), who is from Armagh but now lives in Perth, Scotland, is featured in Monday night's episode, in which hosts Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell attempt to track down the daughter she was separated from over 60 years ago. The journey to find Margaret's long-lost daughter Catherine takes the presenters as far as Brisbane in Australia. Margaret's story is one familiar to many single women of the time who grew up under the influence of a conservative Catholic background, with many forced to give up children following advice from the church. The great-great-grandmother moved to London as a teenager to escape her strict Catholic upbringing, becoming pregnant shortly after. The father of the child abandoned Margaret and, unable to return home, she was forced to seek refuge in a convent. In the show she describes her terrible experience under the care of nuns, in which … [Read more...] about Armagh pensioner tracks down daughter in ITV’s Long Lost Family
A Newmarket-born scaffolder has been reunited with the sister he didn’t know he had and his mother who gave him for adoption when he was born 50 years ago. The family’s reunion, in the town’s Rutland Arms Hotel, will be just part of their story told in Monday’s episode of ITV’s Long Lost Family which will detail how Nick Rhoades, and his sister, Cayley Cox, were both longing to find each other but missed an opportunity several years ago because they were both too scared to make the first move.Researchers for the popular show took up their case and finally were able to bring them together and track down their mother, Jackie Cruz, who made the 3,000 mile trip from her home in Chicago to be reunited with the son she gave birth to in Newmarket Hospital but gave up for adoption and the daughter she left to be raised by her grandmother when she married an American and moved to the States.Nick grew up in Croydon and had a happy childhood but when he was a … [Read more...] about Long lost family are reunited in town after decades apart