A sentimental bracelet for an elderly widow who died 20 years ago will be returned to her tomorrow after she was found on social media.
The stunning gold bangle is the pride and joy of Cork woman Phil, now almost 80, after it was given to her by her late husband William as a gift to mark her pregnancy with a child. My daughter turns 40 years old this year.
Unfortunately, 20 years ago, after a family dinner at a restaurant in the city, Phil lost the bracelet and gave up hope of seeing it again.
But in a shockingly unusual situation, hairdresser David Babbington found the bracelet, who discovered a “tiny shiny, gold bracelet” on the ground outside the Brown store Thomas on Patrick Street, where he was meeting a friend 20 years ago.
David said: “I picked it up. The front of it was an inscription with Phil’s name and the inside of the engraving was January 21, 1982.
“At the time the bracelet was 20 years old and I had it for 20 years, which means it was 40 years old.
“I brought it home and thought, ‘My God, it clearly has sentimental value to someone’ because that day will have some form of meaning. Within a week or two of finding it, I remember placing an ad on the Evening Echo explaining that I had found the bracelet with the details but withholding the date.
“No one came first, but something told me to keep it, especially because of the sentimental value attached to it. I think maybe one day I’ll find an owner.
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“Over the years, I just kept it with me. I’ve moved four houses since I found it but I always keep it in a small box.”
HELP OF SOCIAL MEDIA
He told PJ Coogan on Cork’s 96FM Opinion Line: “Then, over a week ago, I did a little bit of clarity and it came back, and I thought ‘oh my god, why didn’t I think of that? to that before’.
“I posted some pictures of it on my Instagram stories and I also post them on Facebook. About 48 hours passed and suddenly I got a private message from a girl named Niamh saying that she believes the bracelet belongs to her grandmother and her late grandfather William.
“I couldn’t believe it – I was thinking what were the possibilities of this happening. We talked back and forth and the crazy thing was that I would be taking care of Bernie, Niamh’s mother as a client of his hairdressing business. I.
“I was working from home at the time and Bernie, Phil’s daughter-in-law, would come do my hair while I left the bangle upstairs in a box. And I cut Niamh’s hair as a kid.
‘CHICKEN’S SKIN FUCKING’
“When we got into the dot, it was fascinating. I get goosebumps just thinking about this happening.
“It turned out that Phil had been to a family dinner at Scoozie’s restaurant near Brown Thomas and then she had probably booked the wrong place.
“The way I see it, I’ve been interested in this bracelet for the past 20 years.
“The bracelet was made when Phil found out she was pregnant with her youngest daughter, who is 40 years old this year.
“Unfortunately William passed away almost a decade ago, but I think for me going back to her husband’s memory after 20 years of being lost is just an unbelievable feeling. I was blown away.
“I can’t believe it. The emotions this past week have been amazing.
“I’m honored to bring it back to Phil, who wishes to remain anonymous, but I’ll see her tomorrow (Wednesday) and I’ll return the bracelet to her. I just can’t wait to see her reaction. she” .
Influencer David, who has more than 13,000 followers on Instagram, says the power of social media is amazing.
He said: “It comes with the hard parts when you’re an influencer but it also comes with incredible moments like this. In these dark times, a story like this is uplifting.
“I think this bracelet will have a forever story with Phil possibly passing it on to her daughter who is 40 this year. But now it will always be part of this family’s story after being lost for two decades. ”
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