A woman who discovered she had a long-lost sister 38 years ago weeps tears of happiness as she finally gets to meet her.

Lisa Harding, 53, only learned about her older sibling Alexandra, who had been put up for adoption at four weeks old, when she was a teenager.

Their mum Moyra had given birth aged 20 but was unmarried and felt unable to look after her daughter.

Decades later, as Moyra battled terminal cancer, she opened up about her regrets over giving her child away.

Speaking on ITV’s Long Lost Family, Lisa says: “She kept saying over and over she wished she had two girls to bring up.

Moyra, the birth mother of Lisa Harding, who launched a search for her long-lost sister
Moyra had given birth aged 20 but was unmarried and felt unable to look after her daughter

“She’d started a search for Alexandra and it was her dying wish for me to find her and let her know she was loved.”

Luckily, the show’s team were able to track down her sibling, who was renamed Lily by her adoptive family but kept Alexandra as her middle name.

Lisa is thrilled to find the sister she had always dreamed of having after being brought up by a single parent who worked long hours as a hairdresser by day and taxi driver by night.

She says: “Being brought up as an only child is a very lonely thing. It’s a feeling deep inside you’re on your own.”

Lisa Harding as a young girl
Lisa is seen as a young girl while growing up in the North East of England

The team discover Lily Drummond now lives close to Lisa’s family in Berwick-Upon-Tweed, Northumberland.

Lily tells how she had never searched for her birth family as she feared her mother had not wanted her.

She shakes with emotion as presenter Nicky Campbell tells her Moyra felt the pain of giving her up her whole life – and had tried to find her.

Lily says: “I’m glad she looked for me. I’m glad because there’s always that rejection, that’s probably why I didn’t go looking.

Lisa Harding (right) and her found sister Lily
Lisa (right) says meeting her sister was “one of the happiest moments of my life”

“I never thought she’d been looking for me. That makes it better.”

Just like Lisa, who has daughter Lea, 15, with her partner Phil, Lily always longed for a sister.

She says: “Ever since I was young I used to say, ‘Oh, what it must be like to have a sister?’

“It would have been lovely to grow up and be close to each other.”

After an emotional meeting, which Lisa described as “one of the happiest moments of my life”, the pair now plan to stay close.

Lisa says: “I’ve longed for a sister my whole life. I feel as if I’m coming home, as if somebody’s waiting for me.”