Metal detectorist finds dad’s missing heirloom wedding ring on golf course

A stunned metal detectorist found his dad's missing heirloom wedding ring that was lost on a golf course years ago.

Alan Webster, 51, found the gold band on the golf course where his dad Graeme, 73, last had it back in 2015.

Graeme thought he had lost the wedding ring, which has been in the family for a century, but was stunned when his son found it after searching for just 20 minutes.

Graeme had worn the ring since his marriage in 1967 but lost it while hitting a few shots at Gullane Golf Club, East Lothian.

He only realised the ring was missing when he got back to his house in North Berwick.

Despite going back to the club to look for it, he never found the treasured wedding ring.

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But last week son Alan, a member of East Lothian Metal Detecting Club, decided to search for the ring and found it embedded nearly two inches into the ground.

The 18-carat solid gold band originally belonged to Alan's great-grandmother Margaret McKean, who was born in the late 19th century and married in the 1920s.

Margaret died from cancer in 1947 and the ring became a treasured piece of family history.

Alan, from Dunbar, East Lothian, said: "There has been no mention of it [the ring] until the end of last year, when it came up in conversation.

"My mum wasn't happy that he lost it but when I found it my dad was absolutely gobsmacked.

"I can't describe his face but he was amazed. I've never seen him look so gobsmacked.

"My mum is also delighted, probably more delighted, as it is her family's ring.

"My dad thought there was a billion in one chance that we would find it.

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"He's very lucky and it's a nice ending to the story."

Gordon Simpson, secretary at Gullane Golf Club, said: "We are delighted the ring was found on the practice ground and reunited with its owner.

"It was quite a find – good for him."

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