Who Do You Think You Are?

There's mystery and tragedy in Cheryl's past

She’s never far from the headlines herself, so it’s not surprising that singer Cheryl (she recently decided to drop her surname) unearths some rather colourful ancestors as she researches her family tree!

On her father’s side, there’s a history of seafarers and she is touched by the story of her four-times great-grandfather John Wood Laing rising from being an apprentice mariner to captaining a ship, before tragedy struck…

Meanwhile, in her mum’s family, there is a bona fide mystery to solve, since the identity of Cheryl’s great-grandfather is shrouded in secrecy, but once she discovers his name was Joseph Wilson Ridley, she visits France, where he served in World War One, and starts to get a better picture of his life.

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