ELIZABETH CLARK celebrated her 50th wedding anniversary with husband Joseph earlier this year.
Her wedding ring has barely been off her finger in all that time, so imagine her shock when she was in her local Tesco in Lockerbie last month and noticed it was gone.
She frantically re-traced her steps, looking up and down the aisles and going back to the clothes department, where she had been browsing earlier.
The truth was she had no idea when she last saw it. She might not even have been wearing it before she left the house.
Elizabeth was devastated.
The great-gran told staff, who promised to keep their eyes open for it, and she searched the streets on the way back home.
She and Joseph tore the house apart, stripping the bed not once but twice and looking in every nook and cranny.
Elizabeth reported it to the police and a plea for help was issued on Facebook. A gentleman in Dumfries, touched by her plight, even put up a £50 reward.
She was in the process of arranging for the loan of a metal detector to check her garden thoroughly when Tesco called.
A wedding ring had been found, so relieved Elizabeth rushed straight to the store.
She took one look at the wedding band and her heart sank. It wasn’t hers.
Deflated, Elizabeth returned home, convinced it was gone for good.
Four days after it was lost, she was passing by the supermarket when she decided to have one last look.
She went to the clothes department and methodically searched, moving the rails and checking under any clothes that had fallen from their hangers.
As she picked up a pair of trousers lying on the floor, she heard something fall to the ground.
Elizabeth bent down and picked up the object. She couldn’t quite believe it – it was her ring!
It had been tucked into the fold of the trousers.
She ran down the aisles towards customer services, telling everyone she saw that she’d found it. Once she caught her breath, the first thing Elizabeth did was go to the jewellers to have it resized.
She now had one more wedding vow – to promise she will never let the ring out of her sight again.