When Christine Edmondson lost her treasured wedding ring, just months after the death of her husband, she was left distraught.
The gold ring had slipped off while the great-grandmother was working at Preston’s Harris six years ago, and staff searched the building for the precious jewellery to no avail.
But, while Christine’s friend and colleague was tidying up boxes in the historic museum and gallery last month, the ring turned up.
“I was overwhelmed”, said Christine, who has worked at the Harris for the past 15 years, “I hugged her and we both cried, I said it was like winning the Lottery”.
The grandmother of six and great-grandmother of eight, who lives in Plungington, described her late husband Frank as the “love of my life”.
She said: “I’ve got arthritis in my fingers and about 12 months before he died he bought me a new engagement and wedding ring, so I had my other wedding ring on my little finger.
“When Frank died I lost so much weight. I was at work one day and realised my ring had come off.
“I was distraught. I thought I’ve lost Frank and now I’ve lost my wedding ring.
“I even rang the police in case it was outside.
“The other staff were looking for it, they were taking shelves down where I had been.
“I knew I would find it one day, I just had a feeling.” Christine, 71, said team member Ramila Limbachia was due to retire in January and, the previous day, Christine had asked her to clear away some boxes for her.
She said: “She was doing it and thought she would clean under the sink of our little kitchen - she felt something rattle and it was in the bottom of a box.
“It had been there for six years. We didn’t change the boxes, they were used for new mop heads and dusters.
“I was working downstairs and she asked who it was that had lost the ring. I said it was me, why, and it was stuck on her finger - she said I’ve found it.
“I can’t explain how I felt. I can’t remember what I said to her, I just hugged her and cried, and she cried.
“It’s back where it belongs. I felt different, I know it’s only a ring to some people but it means a lot to me.”