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Man reunited with ring he lost over 50 years ago

"I've had to have it changed slightly as I can just about get it on. But none of that matters because I'm so grateful to have it back."

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Dave Radley had his lost gold signet ring found and returned after being lost for 54 years. (Emma Trimble via SWNS)

By Harrison Moore via SWNS

A man has been reunited with a ring he lost while picking fruit - over 50 YEARS ago.

Dave Radley, 75, was distraught when the gold signet slipped off his finger as he picked strawberries in 1968.

It was gifted by his late mother for his 21st birthday and the retired train engineer spent hours trying to find it.

But in a stroke of luck last month, a metal detectorist who received a tip-off from the land-owner about the lost item, made the discovery.

Dave, of Mountsorrel, Loughborough, England said: "The ring might not have changed but its owner has - so it's a fairly tight fit.

"I've had to have it changed slightly as I can just about get it on. But none of that matters because I'm so grateful to have it back."

Dave says the 9 carat ring would have been an expensive gift at the time of its purchase and his mother would have likely bought it via a catalogue and paid over a period of time.

He turned 21 in May 1968 and received the ring as a special birthday present - but lost it just weeks later.

His family lived in Seagrave, Leicestershire, at the time where Dave picked strawberries with his friend Mick Lovett to sell to local shops.

He was picking strawberries in the field behind Mick's dad's house ready to sell that morning when he suddenly realized the ring was no longer on his finger.

Fast forward 54 years and Dave got a call from Mick's younger brother Peter - who still owns the land - and told him a a metal detectorist had knocked on his door.

The metal detectorist was working for Peter and asked if he could detect in the very same field - to which Peter agreed and informed him about the missing ring.

And after searching around the same area Peter lost it, he came back ring in hand.

Dave's mom Rhoda Radley with grandson Andrew in 1973. (SWNS)
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It was found seven inches deep in the ground with only one slight scratch, ready to be polished out - and Dave went to collect it from Seagrave later that week.

"My family wasn't too well off in those days and I spent hours searching for it on the rows we had been," David said.

"My mother wasn't upset with me, just more upset because of how distraught I was.

"When I got the call from Peter I couldn't quite believe it - the joy I felt in that moment is indescribable.

"The crazy thing is, Peter still owns the land, otherwise none of this would have ever happened.

"I took it to the jewelers who valued it at around £700 which shows just how much it was worth back in those days.

"I've had it expanded as its a bit tight now, but 54 years later I can happily say it's finally back safe on my finger - I'm so thankful."

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