A man who was abandoned at Gatwick Airport as a baby more than 30 years ago has finally tracked down his birth parents.
Steve Hydes, who was known as ‘Gary Gatwick’ after the Sussex airport’s teddy bear mascot, spent 15 years trying to find his family.
But after genealogists used DNA samples to track down his birth parents, Mr Hydes discovered his mother had passed away before he could meet her.
The 33-year-old said his father is still alive and he has made contact him and his siblings, who had no idea he existed.
Mr Hydes wrote on Facebook: ‘Some good news! After 15 years of searching I am happy to confirm that with the very hard work of Genetic Genealogists, CeCe Moore and Helen Riding we have been able to trace and confirm my birth family.
‘Unfortunately my birth mum has passed away so I am unable to find out exactly what happened and why.
‘However I have found my birth father and siblings on both sides, who were all unaware of my existence.’
Mr Hydes was just ten days old when he was found by a duty-free sales assistant, Beryl Wright, at the South Terminal wrapped in a tartan shawl wearing two baby grows at the airport in West Sussex on
April 10, 1986.