Bind Date Reunites Brother and Sister After 34 Years
LONDON, England --- “All In The Family “—Separated by their parent's divorce 34-years-ago, George Bentley and his long lost sister, Sarah Kemp unexpectedly reunited during a blind date last week.
It was happenstance that brought the two estranged siblings to the same internet dating site last November where they connected through chat and emails. Both clueless to the others true identity.
After several months of emailing back and forth, the pair decided to meet in London for a blind date.
"I would never have agreed to go to London on a blind date, but we hit it off from the beginning, and our relationship blossomed as we emailed each other more and more often," Kemp told Scotland’s Daily Record.
After about an hour of conversation, the two would-be lovers realized they were actually siblings.
"To meet your long-lost brother, in a bar, after over 30 years would be something by itself," Kemp said. "But to meet him in those circumstances -- on a date, for crying out loud -- really is something else. We obviously had far more in common than first thought."
Bentley, 47 and Kemp, 42, were separated by their parent's divorce in 1975. Kemp went to live with her mother in Edinburgh while Bentley stayed with his father.
Adding to the confusion, Kemp was married and later divorced but kept her husband’s last name, which hindered Bentley’s search for his long lost sister.
"I had absolutely no idea where she was," he said. "I was also searching for Sarah Bentleys, rather than Sarah Kemps, as I obviously didn't know she married. After a while, I think both Sarah, and I gave up looking."