Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Home, Actually; There's Unbridled Joy at Airport as Families Are Reunited

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Home, Actually; There's Unbridled Joy at Airport as Families Are Reunited

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Byline: Sarah Scott ? 0191 201-6273 ? sarah.scott@ncjmedia.co.uk

FAMILIES and friends embraced as they were reunited just in time for Christmas celebrations.

Newcastle Airport resembled scenes from the hit movie Love Actually as loved ones were overcome with emotion on seeing each other again.

Some of those waiting for the Emirates flight to arrive from Dubai yesterday had not seen their relations for months.

Lorraine Baird and children Grace and Phillip were waiting for dad Steve to return from Qatar.

"He only comes home three weeks a year so we are really excited to see him," said wife Lorraine, 57. We have only spent two days together as a family this year so it is going to be really special and it is Steve's 57th birthday on Christmas Day.

"We missed greeting him last year because we didn't arrive on time so we were prepared this year," added Lorraine, of Fenham, Newcastle.

Young children jumped into the arms of parents who have been working abroad.

James Keedy, of South Shields in South Tyneside, was reunited with his partner Philippa Shone and son Jacob after spending four weeks working in Australia. And David Storey, of Prudhoe in Northumberland, was greeted by his wife Michelle and daughters Ellie and Megan after spending four months working for the US military in Afghanistan. He said: "It's great to be home, it is hard being away even though the weather is miserable."

The air was filled with anticipation as families waited to see who was next to come through the arrivals gate.

Mum Doris Woodfine, of Chester-le-Street, threw open her arms to embrace her son Andrew who was returning from Oman.

"It is lovely to be reunited," said 43-year-old Andrew, who had been away working for six months.

Staff at Newcastle Airport are expecting around 80,000 passengers to travel to or from Newcastle between December 23 and January 2, with between 800 and 900 flights during this time. …

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