Melanie Sykes hands 13k over to Morecambe woman

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GLAMOROUS telly host Melanie Sykes has handed over £13,000 to the daughter of a late Morecambe shopkeeper as part of a brand new TV show.

Miss Sykes tracked down Janet Schofield, daughter of Irene Jiggins (nee Schofield), on the new ITV programme Missing Millions broadcast last Tuesday night.

The star gave Janet the surprise windfall from a policy belonging to her late mother which she never knew existed.

Before that, Melanie was shown on location in Morecambe trying to track down Irene, who used to run the old Taylor’s gift shop on the seafront.

During her search she visited a house on Burlington Avenue in Morecambe, where Irene used to live and spoke to Pat Anderson, who lives there now.

Then genealogist Nick Barrett gave her a possible address for Irene on the promenade, which turned out to be the former home of a completely different Irene Schofield.

Co-presenter Paul Heiney said: “Who would have thought there would be two women with the name Irene Schofield in a little place like Morecambe?”

Then Melanie and Nick pored through family records at Morecambe Library, which led her to go in search of Taylor’s gift shop.

See The Visitor (21-09-11) for full story.