I love you so much, daddy; He's a gay, white Midlander. She's a black orphan from South Africa. Their's is an amazing story of courage.

Byline: CHARLOTTE WARD

THIS is a scene which would be unthinkable in politically correct Britain. A gay white dad cradles the young black daughter he has just adopted.

Yet a Midland man has just fulfilled his dream in South Africa - a nation once so repressive and riddled with apartheid that it would have been impossible.

John Bradshaw has spent years fighting for the right to adopt Maria, who is five. But now he can cuddle her safe in the knowledge that, at last, he is her father.

As a gay white man, the former horticulturist had to overcome endless legal obstacles and deepseated prejudice to adopt the child.&