Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Not All Searches for Lost Families End in Happiness ; Viewpoints

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Not All Searches for Lost Families End in Happiness ; Viewpoints

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I was interested to read your correspondent's letter about how much he enjoys the ITV programme Long Lost Family on Monday evenings hosted by Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell (Viewpoints July 1). Unfortunately not everyone gets such pleasure from these type of programmes, where people are reunited with their long lost relatives.

My husband was taken into care along with his siblings when he was two years old. They were placed in Styal Homes (now Styal women's prison) and put into separate houses.

About five years later they were put into foster care. Around three years ago my husband plucked up the courage to write to Manchester council to ask for access to his records. A few weeks later he received a telephone call to say the council had destroyed all such records prior to 1975.

This has caused a great deal of pain and distress to him. Any chance of him finding out why he was taken into care and information about his family has been lost for good.

What right does the council think it has to dismiss and destroy someone's life history as if it had no importance. …

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