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UK: 150-year-old wedding dress found after social media appeal

PTI
Published Feb 12, 2017, 3:23 pm IST
Updated Feb 12, 2017, 3:25 pm IST
The bride lost it at the dry cleaners after they shut shop due to bankruptcy.
A Facebook post about the loss of her dress was shared more than 200,000 times across social media. (Photo: Facebook)
 A Facebook post about the loss of her dress was shared more than 200,000 times across social media. (Photo: Facebook)

London: A 150-year-old hand-made antique wedding gown has been retrieved following a social media plea by a distressed bride in Scotland, months after it was lost.

The dress was a family heirloom from the 1870s, which had belonged to the great-great-grandmother of Tess Newall from the town of Morham in the East Lothian region of Scotland.

 

It went missing when Kleen Cleaners in Edinburgh closed down permanently as a result of bankruptcy last year.

The 29-year-old wore the antique lace gown when she married husband Alfred Newall, 30, in June 2016 and gave it in for dry-cleaning later that year.

A recent Facebook post about the loss of her dress was shared more than 200,000 times across social media.

She posted an update this week saying the dress was found "in a crumpled heap" at the closed shop.

"My parents received a phone call this afternoon from the landlord of the property where the dry cleaners are, whose nephew had read about the dress," she told BBC.

"He really searched and he found a pile of old lace which he realised was the dress. My parents went straight there and were just overjoyed and couldn't believe it was the dress, not cleaned, and still with its ticket," Newall added.

She said she still planned to have the dress cleaned, but probably at a lace specialist in London.

She added, "Somewhere where we can't let it out of our sight".

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