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British Man Finds Lost Ring After 61 Years

British Man Finds Lost Ring After 61 Years

Wednesday, 25 December, 2019 - 08:45

A man who lost a gold ring while working in a field in the 1950s has been reunited with it 61 years on.

Roy Beddows lost the nine-carat gold ring, engraved with his initials, while working on a farm in West Felton, Oswestry, Shropshire, when he was 17.

It was found by metal detectorist Robin Kynaston, who traced Beddows after the landowner realized it may belong to an ex-employee of her late father.

Kynaston said it was "amazing" to return the ring to its rightful owner. Thanks to this coincidence, he has now struck up a friendship with Beddows, 78.

Kynaston, who took up metal detecting three years ago, said "I make a point of always returning everything I find to the landowner or at least offering it to them, good or scrap. But this was the first gold I'd ever found. It was a little bit of a difficult thing to pass it back, but I did pass it back and look what's come out of it- something amazing."

Kynaston said the landowner told him she had "wracked her brains" about who the initials RAB referred to and believed the ring could belong to Roy Beddows. The detectorist then contacted local Facebook groups and realized people knew Beddows and he still lived locally. "Everybody knows everybody here. They are either friends or related," he said.

According to BBC, Beddows, who had originally bought the ring for himself, said: "I can remember losing it, but I would never ever expect to see it again."

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