Astonished pensioner reunited with lost ring

A LOST family heirloom has been reunited with its owner thanks to the North Devon Gazette. Ilfracombe man Roy Whiteman thought his antique gold signet ring was lost for good after it unwittingly slipped off his finger last month. But when he turned to Pa

A LOST family heirloom has been reunited with its owner thanks to the North Devon Gazette.

Ilfracombe man Roy Whiteman thought his antique gold signet ring was lost for good after it unwittingly slipped off his finger last month.

But when he turned to Page nine of last Wednesday's Gazette, the Torrs Park pensioner was astonished to discover the ring had apparently been found.

"I couldn't believe it," said Mr Whiteman, 74. "I read the Gazette from cover to cover every week and saw the article about a ring that had been found.


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"It caught my eye and I thought 'that's odd, I've lost a ring'. It sounded just like my ring so I telephoned the lady who found it and described what it looked like to her.

"The ring belonged to my ex-wife's later mother-in-law and inside, it is engraved with the words 'from Dolly, 1957'."

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Christine Mattiocco asked the Gazette to appeal for the rightful owner after she discovered the ring on the pavement in Torrs Road while out walking.

"It's amazing the way it's happened," added Mr Whiteman.

"I've lost about a stone in weight recently and it must have slipped off my finger.

"The ring has great sentimental value to me; I'm so pleased to have it back and am extremely grateful to Mrs Mattiocco for getting in touch with the Gazette.

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