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Hazel Meak is the mother of Gloria and Dominic Meak. She appeared in Episode 3 of Series 10. Hazel gave Gloria up for adoption at the age of 11 months but kept Dominic. She is known to have married a man after being with Gloria and Dominic's father, whether he died or they divorced is unknown. Hazel is mentioned on many occasions to have treated Dominic as her "little prince" his entire life while showing her daughter no love at all.

Gloria's adoption was first mentioned in Episode 8 of Series 9 with both Gloria and Dominic telling their friends during a power cut. Everyone was shocked and surprised at the secret and when asked Gloria said the only reason she could think of for her adoption is that maybe her mother was one of those women who saw all other women, even her own daughter, as competition.

Hazel came to stay with Gloria and Dominic after he husband had just died and his children had thrown her out. Gloria struggled with her mother's cold attitude and harsh words, Hazel talked about her mother and how terrible she was only to pointedly tell Gloria that she looked like her and had her eyes. Gloria came close to leaving her own home until Hazel left but was talked out of it by Dominic who suggested Hazel regreted giving up her daughter. To this end Gloria took Hazel to The Jockey for a pub lunch and reached out, calling her "mum" for the first time. However Hazel responded by pointing out that she hadn't been left destitute, she was simply waiting for her inheritance from her husband's death to clear after which she would be moving out and taking Dominic with her. Gloria was shocked by this and angrily returned home alone.

Dominic soon followed her after seeing her storm off and realizing Hazel must have upset her. Gloria angrily asked Dominic why he had lead her to believe their mother cared for her or regreted putting her up for adoption when she so obviously didn't. Dominic revealed that he lied because he didn't want to be left with Hazel, he had thought he wouldn't have to be after she remarried but due to her husband's death he was scared of having to take care of his mother in her old age. Gloria was outraged that he wanted her to bond with someone who had no interest in her for such selfish reasons but he replied that he couldn't look after someone when he couldn't even look after himself and he just wanted to stay with her. Neither of them realized but Hazel had walked in and heard everything he said.

Hazel collected her things and headed for the nearest bus stop after saying it was all Gloria's fault. Refusing to let her get away with everything, Gloria followed her to speak to her mother. Gloria told Hazel that her treating Dominic as the "chosen one" had ruined his ability to have meaningful relationships and settle down. Hazel brushed off Dominic's feelings, stating that she didn't blame him as he had seen how hard it was for to look after her own mother in her old age. However the women came to unlikely agreement when they accepted that they both make excuses for Dominic and continue like nothing has happened. Gloria finally asked why her mother had kept Dominic and not her, to which her mother replied that she just couldn't love the baby Gloria no matter how she tried. She mused that the reason for this could be her eyes, the same eyes as Hazel's mother who treated her so badly.

Gloria told her mother she was sure Dominic would soon see her for Sunday lunch and they could pretend nothing had happened before leaving.

Notes

  • Hazel is known to have been married to Gloria and Hazel's father as Dominic said she had "re-married". What happened to her first husband and what his feelings on Gloria's adoption were is never mentioned.
  • Hazel stated that she was unable to love Gloria when she was born no matter how she tried and stated that the bond that was supposed to form just wouldn't. Hazel suggests this is because Gloria has the eyes of her mother who treated her terribly but what she is describing can be attributed to Postpartum Depression.

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