Daughter’s search for her long lost father

PUBLISHED: 15:35 15 September 2010

This photograph is the only image Anne Wilkinson has of her father who lived in Gravesend when she was born

This photograph is the only image Anne Wilkinson has of her father who lived in Gravesend when she was born


A woman who has never met her father is appealing for information about him.

Anne Wilkinson, who lives in Greater Manchester, is desperate to find out anything about her father, Edward William Carter, who at the time of her birth in 1945 lived at 3 Hampton Crescent, Gravesend.

Mrs Wilkinson, 65, said her mother, who has since died, told her Mr Carter was married with children when he met her in Bury, near Manchester, and began an affair. The only clue she has is this photograph given to her by her mother.

She said: “I don’t want to upset anyone, and I understand that, if I do have a half sister or brother out there, if they don’t want to know me I will accept that, but it is really important to me.”

Shortly after her birth, Mrs Wilkinson’s mother called off the relationship and her father was never seen again.

She added: “He gave her a record, Story of a Starry Night by Kevin Dodd, and told her to play it if ever she wanted to remember him.”

Mrs Wilkinson’s interest in her family background began when a course tracing hereditary class was started at a library. Since then she has become more and more determined to track down details of her father.

“From what I know he was about 40 when I was born so it is likely he could be dead but I am just hoping there is someone out there who knew him and can tell me a bit about him,” she added.

If anyone has any information about Mr Carter, write to Mrs Wilkinson at 19 Birchfield Avenue, Atherton, Greater Manchester, M46 0HR

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