The moment 'Poppy Girls' singer Megan Adams, 10, was reunited with her naval officer father at the Royal Albert Hall this weekend has dominated newspaper headlines, and now, her dad has revealed how he 'tricked' his daughter into believing he was still abroad on the night.
Megan was part of the 'Poppy Girls' choir of servicemen's daughters singing in front of the Queen, Prince Philip and David Cameron at the concert in honour of remembrance day.
She had previously had a Facebook message from her dad telling her: 'Have a great time, Chick. I wish I was there to see you'. She told reporters it had made her cry when she read it 'because I just wanted my Daddy there so much'.
Her dad, Lieutenant Commander Billy Adams, was posted in the Seychelles, and she had not seen him for five months. Unbeknown to her, the Royal British Legion had secretly flown him in so he could watch her sing at the Festival of Remembrance.
The schoolgirl was stunned when presenter Huw Edwards told her he had a surprise for her as she stood on the stage.
Her proud dad said he had 'struggled' to keep his emotions intact as his daughter then ran into his arms.
"As I walked down the stairs, I was struggling to hold it together," he told the Mail, recalling the moment he was reunited with his daughter.
Megan fled from the stage with her microphone still in her hand as she spotted her dad. She later said she was 'proud of what he does' but that it was 'hard not getting to see him'.
When not in the Seychelles, Lieutenant Commander Adams has spent the last six years stationed in Rosyth, Dunfermline during the week, some 80 miles from his wife Cheryl, and Megan and her sister Caitlin, 13, who live in Mauchline, Ayrshire.
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