A Cheshire farmer has made an emotional plea to his estranged family to give him a chance to bring them back together.
Geoff Willis, who is in his 70s, lives on his son Chris’s Redhall Farm in Bickley with his second wife, having spent his working life as a dairy farmer and manager.
But he says it is a regret that his relationship with his three daughters – Rachael, Sally Ann and Katie – had broken down, which Geoff says was down to the strain of his marriage to their mother Rosemary.
The Bickley man believes he can repair the relationship with his daughters, and wants to re-establish a friendship with his grandchildren, whom he occasionally but doesn’t speak to them.
“I’m raising this now so I can see my family as much as I can,” said Geoff, who believes he gave his first wife and daughters a good life.
“I just want a positive relationship with my daughters and with my grandchildren. I’m a proud man – but not too proud to see that I just want my family back.
“That’s all I have wanted. My brothers have their family around them but mine are all around the place – that hurts.
“If this manages to get through to them, then I urge them to please get in touch with me. I’ve made previous attempts for them to come back, especially at Christmas times.
“I’ve stood in the Cholmondeley Arms and my grandchildren have walked away from me, which is hard as all I want to do is have a pint with them.
“I want to be able to see my daughters, too.”
He added that in the past he had been accused of assault by his former son-in-law, but the Herald has seen evidence that the accusations were withdrawn and an apology offered.