Lost but found: 150-year-old wedding gown returns to bride after Facebook post
By Patricia Uyeh
A distressed bride identified as Tess Newall in Scotland, who lost her 150-year-old wedding gown at the dry cleaner’s made a Facebook plea for return of the gown if found.
Luckily for her the post was highly publicised and shared 200,000 times across social media. It was so serious that a bridal agency got involved in the search and promised a replacement, if the original dress could not be found.
Tess had worn the antique dress when she wedded her husband, Alfred Newall on June 30 2016 and afterwards took it for cleaning at a place known as the Kleen Cleaners in Edinburgh. However, the wedding gown could not be returned to her as the dry cleaners went out of business.
The dress has been in Tess’ family since the 1870s when her great-great grandmother from the town of Morham in the East Lothian region of Scotland had hand-made the dress. In a bid to recover the family heirloom, Tess, 29, made an impassioned plea on Facebook where she said:
“I have just found out that the dry cleaners have lost my much loved wedding dress. It was made by my Great Great Granny in 1870 (I altered the top) and I wore it in June 2016…”
“Please share this far and wide in case anyone stumbles across it! I realise there are far greater issues in the world but it means the world to us. More family memories need to be woven into its threads. ‘Thank you so so much.’”
Thankfully, the long search was over when Tess’ parents received a phone call from the landlord of the property where the dry cleaners were.
The happy bride told told BBC that “my parents went straight there and were just overjoyed and couldn’t believe it was the dress, not cleaned, and still with its ticket,”
Tess says that she still plans to have her 150-year-old cleaned at a place that it can be retrieved without hitches.
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