Davina McCall reunited my mum and I after 53 years

Nicky Campbell with reunited daughter Marguerite and mum Christine Gillard and Davina McColl.
Nicky Campbell with reunited daughter Marguerite and mum Christine Gillard and Davina McColl.

A Derry woman has been reunited with the mother she last saw 53 years ago.

Margo Kearney was just two years-old when her mother Christine who was just 16 at the time, was forced to put her into foster care.

Mother and daughter Margo ( left ) and Christine pictured in the Pollok House, Glasgow.

Mother and daughter Margo ( left ) and Christine pictured in the Pollok House, Glasgow.

On Wednesday night Long Lost Family, presented by Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell, took Margo’s mother Christine Gillard back to the apartment they both shared with Christine’s grandmother in the 1960s.

Christine revealed how she did everything she could to keep her daughter working full time while her grandmother looked after her.

However it became too much for the three of them living and sleeping in the one room.

Christine took the difficult decision to put Margo, who she called Marguerite, into foster care.

Marguerite returned to Christine for a weekend when she was eight after her foster mother died, however Christine decided that her daughter would be better off with her foster family. That was the last time the pair saw each other.

On Wednesday night Margo’s mum Christine broke down in tears when Davina broke the news to her that Margo’s foster father died two years later, and that her daughter had ended up in care.

The mother and daughter had an emotional reunion in Glasgow near the place they had last seen each other.

Both burst into tears as they wrapped their arms around each other letting five decades of emotion overcome them.

An emotional Margo gave her mother a bunch of flowers saying - “It has been such a long time since I called anyone mum. You’re mum forever now to me.”

Christine called her daughter Margo saying - “Margo - that’s your name now.”

But Margo replied - “No I’m Marguerite to you, the name you gave me. Only you will get to call me Marguerite.”

The women have been in constant contact since the television show and Margo is now planning to visit her half siblings in Glasgow.