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Mixed emotions: Poignant journey taken by son of Shankill Protestant father and a Falls Road Catholic mum

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John Chambers

John Chambers

John Chambers (left) as a child with sisters Jane, Theresa, (renamed Alison) and his brother Francis, (renamed James)

John Chambers (left) as a child with sisters Jane, Theresa, (renamed Alison) and his brother Francis, (renamed James)

John with his wife Simone and the couple’s two children, 21-year-old Autumn and 13-year-old Jude

John with his wife Simone and the couple’s two children, 21-year-old Autumn and 13-year-old Jude

John as a young boy with father John Snr

John as a young boy with father John Snr

A young John Chambers after he reunited with mum Sally

A young John Chambers after he reunited with mum Sally

The cover of John's book

The cover of John's book

John Chambers

As he crossed the cold concourse of Preston train station on a snowy January day back in the 1990s, John Chambers knew the small stranger in the distance was his mother.

Her build, her face, the way she braced herself from the cold - it was all instantly familiar.

Yet John had not seen his mum for more than 25 years.