Wishaw Press - - OVERWHELMED - Lynn Love

A heart­bro­ken Wishaw wid­ower who lost his wed­ding ring has been re­united with it thanks to a kind-hearted stranger.

Michael Hig­gins, of North Kil­meny Cres­cent, was gut­ted when he lost his pre­cious ring on Fri­day, Septem­ber 28.

The gold band held a very spe­cial place in the Colt­ness pen­sioner’s heart, as wear­ing it brought back mem­o­ries of his wed­ding to his beloved wife Bri­die 57 years ago.

Bri­die sadly passed away in 2015.

The 78-year-old was as­ton­ished when a stranger turned up at his house last Thurs­day night with his prized pos­ses­sion.

He added: “I could not be­lieve it. The woman said ‘I think I have some­thing which be­longs to you’, and she pulled it out of her pocket.

“I was speech­less when I re­alised it was my ring. I started to cry.

“I was just so happy and over­whelmed. I had re­signed my­self to the fact that I would never get it back after search­ing every­where for it.”

Michael had lost the ring when he was up vis­it­ing his friend Frank in Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal Wishaw.

Jan­ice Hunter found the ring in a toi­let within the hos­pi­tal hours after Michael lost it.

She told him she kept it in her bag and hoped she would be able to re­turn it to its owner.

After read­ing about Michael los­ing a ring on the Wishaw Press’ Face­book page, Jan­ice de­cided to track him down in the hope the one she had found be­longed to him.

Michael added: “I’m so grate­ful to Jan­ice for go­ing out of her way to re­turn it to me. It re­ally means the world.

“My wee woman bought me that ring and I was gut­ted when I re­alised I had lost it.

“Hav­ing it back has made me a very happy man.“

Michael said he has not stopped look­ing and touch­ing the ring which is now back firmly on his wed­ding fin­ger.

He added: “I’ll never let this go again. Los­ing it dev­as­tated me. My son sug­gested I wear it on a chain so it doesn’t fall off again.

“I’ve got Bri­die’s wed­ding and eter­nity ring on a chain, so I might add mine to it and wear the three of them to­gether around my neck. That way it will al­ways stay with me.”

Lov­ing mem­o­ries Michael’s love Bri­die who died in 2015

Heart­felt thanks Michael was de­lighted to get the miss­ing wed­ding ring back

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