Workmen find missing purse

Richard Wakeling and his sister Ann Shelvey receive their mother's old locket from support worker Teresa Mclean
Richard Wakeling and his sister Ann Shelvey receive their mother's old locket from support worker Teresa Mclean

A BROTHER and sister have been reunited with a purse and locket belonging to their mother, 10 years after it was lost.

The treasures were found by workmen installing a new central heating system in the sheltered housing complex in Winston Close, Ketton.

The purse, which contained a set of keys and a silver locket with photos inside, was handed to the current tenant but it did not belong to them.

After some detective work the people in the photos were identified by residents as relatives of a former tenant.

Support worker Teresa Mclean said: “I tried the phone book to find contact numbers for the relatives in the photograph.

“After no success, I contacted South Kesteven electoral roll, who managed to find the son and daughter in the photographs.

“After writing to them, they got in touch. It’s great that they have finally been returned. It turns out the purse and contents had been behind the system since 2001.”

The purse belonged to the mother of Richard Wakeling and Ann Shelvey, nee Wakeling.

Mr Wakeling, of Templeman Drive, Carlby, said: “We were quite surprised. My mother had Alzheimer’s and used to hide everything around the house. She would often hide her glasses and the TV remote.

“We are thinking it needs a chain so we will probably put a silver chain on it and pass it on to my granddaughter. Alice Walker, who is 18 months old.”