It began as a local history project – but culminated in a family reunion for relatives who previously hadn’t even known each other existed. In April, the village of Sessay, near Thirsk, North Yorkshire, held an archive exhibition as part of the history project and 500 people attended from across Yorkshire.

Among them were Mark and Jean Williams, from Skipton, Judith Hanley, from Scarborough, and Ian and Marion Moverley, from Richmond. And as they chatted over tea and cakes about their links with the village, they realised they were all longlost relatives.

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