A father and daughter met after 30 years only to discover they drink at the same pub
John Duncan, 52, had no idea he had another child until he received a letter from Fifi Giannitto, 30, claiming she was his daughter.
He was convinced she had got the wrong man, but after agreeing to a DNA test he was shocked when it returned a 99.99 per cent match.
Mr Duncan had been in a relationship with Ms Giannitto's mum in the early 1980s.
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When they split up her mum discovered she was pregnant but did not tell Mr Duncan and went on to raise her on her own.
Despite not knowing about the other, Mr Duncan and Ms Giannitto had been living just eight miles from each other for nearly 30 years.
Incredibly, they discovered they even shared the same local pub, The Wayfarer in Stone, Staffordshire, and both completed Psychology degrees at the Open University.
After meeting for the first time, the pair have now set up a support service helping other people get reunited with their long-lost relatives.
Mr Duncan, a behaviour coach who lives with wife Jo, 48, and their son Spencer, 12, said: "When I first opened the letter from Fifi I was convinced this person was wrong, but I agreed to meet her because I wanted to help her find her real dad.
I felt a bit sorry for her. I didn't believe she was mine at all
Father John Duncan
"I felt a bit sorry for her. I didn't believe she was mine at all.
"When the DNA results came through, I just kept looking at the computer screen.
"I went through all of the emotions: anger, happiness, anxiety, I was given a proper emotional beating.
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"You think about all the things you've missed out on over the years, like teaching her how to swim, her graduation and her wedding day.
Mr Duncan never knew Fifi Giannitto existed until he received a letter claiming she was his daughter
"But then you have to stop and think about how lucky you are to have the time together, time you might never have had.
"Now every little thing is a milestone for us, even down to the first cup of tea I ever made for her.
"When we started chatting about the places we liked to go we realised we both went to the same pub.
"It was amazing to think we could have been drinking in there at the same time but never knew we were father and daughter.
Mr Duncan dated Ms Giannitto's mum but they split and he was no aware that she was pregnant.
The stunned dad was not able believe the news until after a DNA test showed a 99.99 her cent match
He added: "When something like this happens, it doesn't just affect you, it affects your whole family.
"My wife, son, mum and dad had to try to come to terms with it too. We are really close and we're lucky, but it has been hard.
"We both have an understanding of psychology and without that I think it would have been even more of a struggle, because there is no support out there.
"Once a relative has been found, they are placed together and they're just left to it, perhaps not realising that there's a ripple effect which impacts on family, friends and everything else.
"This service is not available at the moment, but there's a need for it. We've spoken to so many people about our story, many of them tell us it's happened to them."
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Ms Giannitto discovered her father's name seven years ago from her mum and after spotting his picture in the local paper she decided to get in contact.
She penned a heartfelt letter while sitting by a lock in Scotland and delivered it to him on October last year before they met and had a DNA test in November.
The paralegal, who lives with husband Karl in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, said: "Nobody had ever told me about my dad for more than 20 years.
"Then I was given his name about seven years ago, but I'd never been brave enough to get in touch.
"It was only because I was turning 30 that I had the courage to do it."
After Ms Giannitto sent Mr Duncan a letter the pair agreed to meet at a hotel where they spent hours talking about their past before agreeing to the DNA test.
She said: "I was absolutely terrified when we went to meet each other, I thought about what I'd do if he didn't want anything to do with me, I had a fear of rejection.
"But when the DNA test results came through I was so happy.
"The first time we met we got on so well, we didn't want to leave each other. I didn't anticipate how well the meeting would go.
"Then, after a while, I started to think about all the years we'd missed out on.
They lived just eight miles apart for 30 years
"I thought about whether we'd ever been in the same pub or been standing next to each other in the shops not knowing who each other was.
"I'm just so pleased everything is going so well for us.
Now the pair are setting up a support service for relatives who have reconnected with each other called Reunite.
Ms Giannitto said: "I've looked into our situation and found that 27 per cent of people in the UK have a long-lost relative.
"The Salvation Army has 4,000 applications to find a relative each year and that's 4,000 people who have no psychological help."
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