150-year-old wedding dress lost at dry cleaners found

150-year-old wedding dress lost at dry cleaners found

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Seth Baines

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Tess Newall on her wedding day in her great, great grandmother’s dress

A 150-year-old antique wedding dress lost after a dry cleaners went bust has been located.

Tess Newall, of Morham, East Lothian, spoke of being “distraught” after discovering the dress, which belonged to her great-great grandmother, was missing.

It followed the closure of Kleen Cleaners in St Mary Street, Edinburgh.

She has now posted an update on social media saying the dress was found “in a crumpled heap” at the closed shop.

Mrs Newall, 29, was married in June. The dress was sent to be dry cleaned in September and the shop shut in October.

The business is now being dealt with under Scottish bankruptcy law in a process known as sequestration.

A post by Mrs Newall, about the loss of her dress, was shared more than 200,000 times on social media.

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Seth Baines

Her update on Facebook said: “We received this letter this morning from the administrators, Wylie & Bisset, confirming that our dress was not in Kleen Cleaners.

“However, we also received a phone call from the very kind landlord of the shop property who had read about it. He checked what was really left by Wylie & Bisset and found an antique lace dress in a crumpled heap on the floor.

“My mum and dad have just been let in to the shop and to their amazement and joy it is our dress! (not cleaned but still with our ticket).”

She said a representative from sequestrators Wylie & Bisset insisted that for “procedural reasons” the dress had to go back to his office in Glasgow.

She added: “They have assured us that it will be delivered safely back to us on Monday.

“My family can’t thank you all enough for creating this frenzy which allowed us into the shop before it was cleared, and are over the moon to be (almost) reunited with Dora’s dress.”

Source: BBC – UK News

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