A treasured antique wedding ring which mistakenly found its way into a charity shop has been returned to its grateful owner.
The Lynn News reported that the ring had been found on the floor of the Sue Ryder shop in Westgate, Hunstanton, after a consignment of donated goods had been sorted through.
The discovery was made by the assistant manager, Jo Martinez, who hoped an inscription on the otherwise plain band of gold would enable the loser to be traced.
She contacted the Lynn News for help and we published an appeal for help.
The owner of the ring, 86-year-old Sarah Keohane, called into the shop and identified herself.
Her initials matched those inside the ring which Mrs Keohane, of Hunstanton, had worn since her marriage to her late husband John in 1952.
It went missing when she was clearing out her wardrobes and donating items to the shop, which is opposite Sainsbury’s, over a couple of weeks.
She said: “I am over the moon to have my ring back. I had lost it before in my house and finally found it behind a chair when I was moving furniture around. I really thought I had lost it for good this time.“
Paying tribute the staff and volunteers at the shop, she said: “I am overwhelmed by their honesty. If it wasn’t for these good people I may never have seen my ring again. I have definitely made some good friends with the team and I will be popping in for coffee and a chat in the future.”
The manager of the shop, Jilly Kirk, had the pleasure of reuniting the ring with Mrs Keohane.
She said: “I was absolutely delighted to be able to return it. We had a number of calls regarding the ring but the initials engraved inside it mean there is no doubt it is safely back with its rightful owner.”
On a slightly sadder note, she said: “With all the inquiries we have had, it just goes to show how many people go through this and never find their treasured ring.”
Miss Martinez said: “It was truly fabulous to achieve this for Sarah.”
Many people had seen the article in the Lynn News and stopped her in the street to ask if the owner had been traced.
She said: “It’s been non-stop. It’s amazing how many people have taken an interest in this story.”
Jo said the Sue Ryder charity deeply appreciated donors’ contributions and she was delighted to be able to repay Mrs Keohane’s loyalty and support.