A WOMAN is appealing for help as she tries to track down her biological father whom she believes is from Alloa.

Beverley Coates has never met her birth father after her mum Barbara lost contact with him in the 1980s.

Her mother was working at the Royal Hotel in Oban during the summer of 1984 when she met a man called Alexander Kilpatrick who was working at another hotel in the town. The pair started a relationship before Barbara fell pregnant with Beverley.

Barbara, who at the time went by her maiden name Daye, then left Scotland after the summer and moved back to Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire, and believes Alexander moved back to the Wee County.

Since then, the pair have never spoken and Beverley only found out that she was adopted by her step-dad on her 18th birthday.

She is now trying to track him down to find out where exactly she comes from.

The 33-year-old told the Advertiser: “It would complete me, really. I don’t want a full relationship, I just want to know where I came from and what my family is like.

"I have a lot of questions. I would like to know if it is as black and white as my mum makes out.

“If he has a family now, I won’t interfere, I am interested in ruining anything for him. I just want to know who he is.”

Beverley, who lives in Chapel-en-le-Frith, Derbyshire, admitted that she has tried to track him down before using ancestry websites, but has come up cold.

She now has a 2-year-old boy and 1-year-old girl with her partner and would love to be able to one day tell them about where she came from.

The factory worker has been buoyed by the fact that, according to her mum and step-dad, her real father did attempt to make contact with the family several times, only to be spurned on every occasion by Beverley’s mum.

Beverley says to her knowledge her biological father is called Alexander Kilpatrick, but was known as Alex or Alec. She also believes that he was born on November 11 sometime in 1950s, but doesn’t have an exact year.

Anyone with any information that may assist Beverley in finding her birth father can get in contact by emailing editorial@alloaadvertiser.co.uk in the first instance.