‘Fly’ Lawrence finds long lost sister Dianne
ROBERT 'Fly" Lawrence will tell you he has done a lot of things in his life, but none much more emotional or special than meeting his long lost half-sister Dianne Buckley after searching for more than five years.
"She is only a short bugger, about five-foot-seven, and has changed a lot since the last time I saw her, but that is my sister Dianne," Fly said.
"We just knew it as soon as we saw each other. There was this connection."
Fly had been searching for Dianne, utilising social media and his wealth of connections in the local community and surrounds to track her down.
Last weekend, his endless hours of searching came to fruition when he and Dianne met at a small cafe in Loganholme, Queensland.
"We were there for a couple of hours just talking about life, what we are doing, what we have done," Fly said.
"It was a really emotional weekend. I don't know who cried more, me or her."
Fly's brother Gary, who lives in Coomera in Queensland, also made the drive up to Loganholme, to the surprise of Dianne and Fly.
"I was not sure if Gary was going to come," Fly said. "I had let him know about it but he said he had a lot on that day.
"We were at the cafe and my phone started ringing but I could not see who it was. I passed it over to Dianne and she started crying, saying it was Gary.
"Next thing you know he sat down right next to her and surprised her. She had no idea he was going to be there."
Dianne, who had moved from Grafton before her birth, told Fly that she had always felt a connection to the town.
"She said on several times she had passed through Grafton and something inside her told her to stop and visit the town," he said. "She had actually driven past dad's old place on Wharf Street a couple of times."
Now that they have met, Fly plans to keep in touch with his sister as much as possible.
"We will definitely meet up again and more often," he said.