A WOMAN who was adopted as a young child wants to find the sister she never knew she had.
Pat Naylor, 74, of Lindley, was last year reunited with the mother who gave her up.
Pat had an emotional meeting with birth mother Mildred Weaver, now 94.
And Mrs Weaver, who had three sons, dropped the bombshell that Pat had a sister who was also given up for adoption.
Pat now wants to meet her long-lost sister and said: “This would make my family complete.”
Pat, who was born in the workhouse in Blackmoorfoot Road, Crosland Moor, originally traced her mother, who lives in Rotherham, more than half a century ago.
Some friends approached her mother, whose surname was Lockwood, and quizzed her about her background without saying who they were.
Mrs Weaver did not want to know her daughter at the time and Pat got on with her life.
Pat, who has a daughter Geraldine, 52, and two grandsons Jarryd, 19, and Kieran, 17, was always curious about her past.
When the law was changed to allow adoptees to be given details of their birth parents, Pat resumed her search.
She was given her mother’s name and found an address.
She approached the family through what turned out to be one of her three half-brothers, Noel.
To her amazement she found she had three half-brothers in John, 70, Ron, 64, and Noel, 57.
Their mother agreed to meet her at last and Pat said: “I always knew I was adopted but I was amazed to find that my mother was still living.
“I wrote to my half-brother and we agreed to meet.
“I met my mother in September last year and it was traumatic but for her it was like she had known me all my life.”
It was then that Mrs Weaver dropped the bombshell – that Pat had a sister some 16 months younger.
“This was my full sister,” said Pat. “Though my mum has never said who our father is.”
Piecing together what she can Pat understands both she and her sister – named Wendy Lockwood – were born in the workhouse.
Pat was adopted officially when she was aged three by Lily and Albert Tomkins who have both since passed away.
Wendy, which may not be her name now, will be 73 at the end of June and Pat wants to know what happened to her.
“I would love to meet her and make up for all those wasted years,” said Pat.
“I am prepared for her not to want to contact me and that’s her choice and I would be happy with that.
“But finding her would be the final piece in the jigsaw.”
Pat sees her mother regularly but Mrs Weaver is reluctant to talk about what happened in her early life.
Pat can be contacted on 01484 963140 or 07831 945120.