‘A little emotional’: Woman finds wedding ring she lost in potato chip 50 years ago

A woman thought lost forever at her wedding 50 years ago has been reunited with it, after a kind soul dedicated to unearthing it.

Peggy MacSween, 86, was doomed because she never found her golden wedding band, which she believes slipped from her fingers as she picked potatoes at her home in Benbecula, in Outer Hebrides.

But fellow islander Donald MacPhee made it her mission to reunite her with it, searching for three days the area where the potato was located with a metal detector.

According to MacPhee, who runs Nunton House Hostel on the island, he dug 90 holes about 5,000 square feet, unearthing old metal pieces, drink cans and scissor rings along the way – before finally unearthing the items. precious jewelry.

MacSween and her husband John were married from 1958, until his death a few years ago.

MacPhee posted her find on Facebook, with the caption: “Well, when Peggy MacSween told me she lost her wedding ring in their potato paste on the Liniclate Machair in the 1960s, I thought, never mind, I’ll look for that with a metal detector.

“I asked Nail Macpherson for help to show me the patch – it turned out to be about 5,000 square feet… half a hectare… three days and 90 holes later.”

Zippers, buttons, coins and other metal pieces found by Donald MacPhee during the search for Peggy’s ring

(Donald MacPhee)

MacPhee described the discovery as “a bit emotional”. She told BBC she “couldn’t believe it” when MacPhee returned to her doorstep and said he had something to show her, and gave her a long lost ring.

“I thought I would never see it again,” she said.

She explained that she was out picking potatoes and was shaking the sand out of her gloves when the ring “disappeared”.

“I didn’t know until I got home. I went out once or twice to look for it, but there was no way to find it.”

MacSween said she wore her mother’s wedding ring until her late husband, John, bought a replacement ring while they were on vacation.

MacPhee Talk to Guardians that it was a “one in 100,000 chance” for him to find the ring, adding that it was “a fluke”.

“Technical involved, but I just got lucky,” he said. ‘A little emotional’: Woman finds wedding ring she lost in potato chip 50 years ago


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