Bagpipe-playing Canadian turns up at long-lost uncle’s home on Christmas Day – Nottinghamshire Live

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A Eaton has described his at the a long-lost relative turned up at his playing the .

of Long Eaton had a he will never forget, when his half nephew flew in from to surprise him.

The 74-year- told Derbyshire Live he began researching his tree after he retired in 2010.

After finding a distant relative through , he had no idea of what lay in store.

He : “Over the years I was successful in finding most of my relatives in the , and , with the of family members and, of course, the .

“The one missing part was my father’s family, and all I had was the he was in the during WW2, and based in .”

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The former said his father , who was his half nephew’s grandfather, fought in both wars.

Mr Hutchinson had moved to Canada from after the end of the World before returning to close to the start of the Second World .

After Mr Russell was born, his father was unable to take him back to Canada and after his lost her , he was adopted in Britain.

With the help of his , Mr Russell managed to use Facebook to make contact with someone in Canada using his father’s rank of Regimental Sergeant .

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Through “discreet enquiries” to the contact – who was in fact his half nephew – he found “various small details and dates (about his father) matched”.

Mr Russell added: “As the contact was very intrigued, I revealed the for my veiled questioning, at which point he became very excited as he had for some years was something he didn’t know.

“We investigated further to the point we did a which proved a perfect .”

But for Mr Russell, the “biggest shock” was yet to come.

On Day 2019, Mr Russell’s half nephew, Brian Hutchinson, now in his 60s, turn up outside his front playing the bagpipes, having flown in overnight from .

The pair then celebrated Year’s together before Mr Hutchinson went off to visit different areas in England, including and . Before heading home to , , he is to visit .

Watching the “accomplished” bagpipe arrive was almost too much for Mr Russell who said he “virtually collapsed in a heap”.

“I’m still very emotional about it,” he said. “The rest of were in on it whilst I was kept in the dark like a mushroom.”

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