AN ATTRACTIVE South Tyne garden is to open its gates to the public on Sunday and will be of particular interest to fans of a popular television series.

The garden of the Old Vicarage in Beltingham, which now belongs to Anne and John Galbraith, used to be the home of the late Rev. Joe Linton and his wife Patsy.

Anne said: “Fans of the programme, Long Lost Family, which reunites family members may recall an episode when the reunion of a brother and sister, separated by the adoption of the sister at birth, took place in this garden.

“The baby had been born at a time when the family were being helped by Rev. Linton and his wife. The reunion took place here almost 50 years after their separation.”

Money raised from the entry fee, which includes a glass of wine or tea and cream scone, will go towards funds for St Cuthbert’s Church in the village.

The Grade I listed church, with its many historic associations, will be open too. The churchyard is home to three yew trees, one of which is believed to be at least 900 years old.

Keen gardeners will also be able to buy plants at the event, which takes place from 3pm to 6pm.