A kindly brigadier and his wife, they raised her alongside their son Colin Thubron, now a respected travel writer, at their idyllic country home in Uckfield, East Sussex.
It was a world away from the sun-drenched Los Angeles mansion where Rod now spends much of his time, but Sarah, who works in a care-home, was wonderfully happy there.
But lately, the Daily Mail can exclusively reveal, this has all changed.
She has met some of her six half-brothers and sisters for the first time, and is looking forward, excitedly, to the birth of a new half-sibling next year, following news that Rod’s wife Penny is expecting once more.‘At the moment it’s all baby steps, but whatever issues were there have all been forgotten, for both of us,’ she says. It’s nerve-racking, too, but just as much so for him as it is for me. I never was angry about what happened really, just sad.But now I’m older I see things differently and realise that it has been as difficult for him over the years as it has been for me.The warm double-breasted shearling coat was paired with matching brown corduroy trousers and cream and brown brogues.The look was finished off with a checked flat cap, remarkably similar to the one worn by David Jason’s legendary character in Only Fools and Horses.