Sheffield Star helps to bring cousins together

Tina Turner and cousin...Tina Turner, right, meets up with her cousin Jackie Bailey for the first time.................
Tina Turner and cousin...Tina Turner, right, meets up with her cousin Jackie Bailey for the first time.................
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AT last, we meet! Distant cousins Jackie Bailey, of Parson Cross, and Canadian Natalie Turner embrace in Sheffield yesterday for the very first time.

The pair were united thanks to The Star after Natalie, known to friends as Tina, appealed for help in tracing long-lost family members across the pond.

After the article was published last December Jackie - who is looking into her family tree – saw the name of Tina’s great aunt Ruth Vera Copley again during research and found Ruth was married to her uncle William Cooper.

She emailed Tina, her third cousin, and after weeks of talking they agreed to meet when she visited the UK to bring history to life.

Jackie, aged 66, said: “I saw the piece in The Star and I don’t know why but I cut it out.

“The name Ruth Vera Copley just rang a bell.

“I saw it again when I was doing a free class with Parson Cross Forum, which has been fantastic.

“It is smashing to meet Tina.”

Tina, who lives in Vancouver and flew in to England this week, discovered her father hailed from the Steel City when she found a family Bible.

The Bible revealed the details of relatives and started to piece together previously unknown parts of her life, as her father did not like to talk about the past.

She got in touch with The Star as a close friend found she was related to city residents Tony and Christine Barrington.

Now Jackie has presented her with a family tree and also helped her trace other relations.

The pair both caught up on each other’s lives, enjoying a meal at The Bessemer pub on Leopold Street with Jackie’s brother Gordon Bailey, 75, plus sisters Pat Barker, 70 and Gladys Hays, 73.

Tina, 57, said: “I never thought I would ever meet anyone from my dad’s side of the family here, it is so exciting.

“I feel that parts of the puzzle are finally been completed and that is incredible, you cannot buy it.”