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This is nice:

A woman who tossed her engagement ring into a field in 1941 after a disagreement with her fiancé has been reunited with it almost 70 years later.

Violet Booth, then Violet Bailey, threw the diamond ring away after arguing with her husband-to-be, Samuel.

The childhood sweethearts, who were out walking, quickly made up. But after a fruitless search for the ring, they believed it was lost for ever.

Yet, almost seven decades later, Mrs Booth, now 88, is able to wear it again after her grandson found it buried in the field.

It took two hours for Leighton Boyes, 33, to unearth the ring with his metal detector. His grandmother, who wept as she put it back on her finger, said it was the perfect way to remember her husband, who died 15 years ago.

The couple were just a few months from their wedding day when they had their disagreement in Gilmorton, Leics. They later bought a replacement ring and married as planned.

However, Mrs Booth said: “I was in such a state when we couldn’t find it. Samuel didn’t tell me off – he wasn’t like that.

“We got a new one, but it’s not the same, is it?”

Mrs Booth, of Thurmaston, Leics, added: “I didn’t ever think I would see it again. I couldn’t believe it when he brought it back. It’s amazing. I was very emotional and shed a few tears.

“It certainly brought back a few memories. It’s something to remember Samuel by – he was a very nice man.

“I suppose I had stopped thinking about it after a while. Now it’s just unbelievable that I’ve got it back. I can’t stop looking at it – it means a lot to me.”

Mr Boyes said: “I do metal-detecting as a hobby, so I suggested having a look to find it – though I thought the chances were really very slim.

“I went round to my nan’s with some maps, and she managed to pinpoint the field. Then I got permission from the landowner and headed out. I never expected to find it, especially after all those years of modern-day ploughing.

“It was only buried about three to four inches down – and it wasn’t even damaged. I just gave it a wipe, and that was it. It was incredible.”

He said that his grandmother was able to slip the ring on her little finger, adding: “She was in bits when I gave it to her. It was lovely – she was so chuffed.”

Mrs Booth’s son Andrew, who lives with her, said: “I remember hearing all about the tale of this lost ring – and I remember going with my mum and dad to the spot when I was younger.

“I suppose that, with it being gold, it doesn’t tarnish. It just makes you think about all the things that have happened while it has been lying there.

“It’s wonderful to have found it after all this time. But there is some sadness to the story, because we all wish dad could have been here to see it as well.”

Written by Leisureguy

28 January 2008 at 8:58 am

Posted in Daily life

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