Emotional reunion for Sheffield brothers who found each other on Facebook after 25 years

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This was the touching moment two long-lost brothers were reunited – after 25 years of desperate attempts to track each other down.

There were tears and hugs when David Horner, aged 53, and his brother Stuart, 49, were reunited in Sheffield after finding each other on Facebook.

Brothers David and Stuart Horner are reunited after 25 years in Sheffield after Stuart moved to New Zealand

Brothers David and Stuart Horner are reunited after 25 years in Sheffield after Stuart moved to New Zealand

They lost touch after their dad’s funeral in Bristol in 1989.

But once they found each other Stuart jumped on a plane, jetting 11,000 miles around the world from his home in New Zealand to visit David in Pitsmoor.

David – who handed Stuart 24 birthday cards which he had written and saved for him each year – said: “I honestly couldn’t believe it. I thought I was dreaming and when someone pinched me I’d wake up.”

They lost contact after Stuart’s job in the Royal Air Force required him to travel across the UK and overseas and he later emigrated to New Zealand.

Brothers David and Stuart Horner are reunited after 25 years in Sheffield after Stuart moved to New Zealand. The brothers are pictured here as children

Brothers David and Stuart Horner are reunited after 25 years in Sheffield after Stuart moved to New Zealand. The brothers are pictured here as children

Over the years, the brothers made several attempts to get in contact but always fell at the last hurdle.

Then, two weeks ago David managed to track down Stuart’s daughter Tiffany on Facebook.

David said: “I sent a message saying ‘is Stuart Horner your dad’ and ‘is he from the UK’, and she replied ‘yes’.

“I said ‘oh my God, I’ve just found my long-lost brother’.

Brothers David and Stuart Horner are reunited after 25 years in Sheffield after Stuart moved to New Zealand

Brothers David and Stuart Horner are reunited after 25 years in Sheffield after Stuart moved to New Zealand

“I gave her my phone number and when he called there weren’t many words exchanged – we just cried.”

There was an even bigger surprise when Stuart and his partner Lara, 41, broke the news to David they were coming to see him.

Stuart said: “Our dad was our point of contact, so after he died we lost that.

“I struggled to grieve after losing my dad and threw myself into work.

“I travelled around a lot so I was not easy to track down and David had also moved.”

David said: “I was scared we wouldn’t ever see each other again, but never gave up hope. We’re definitely not losing touch again.”