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Lost wallet returned to owner Derek after 30 years

By Ben Kendall

Published 12/08/2015

Derek Gamble with the wallet he lost years ago
Derek Gamble with the wallet he lost years ago

A wallet that had been missing for more than 30 years has been returned to its owner - complete with all of its original contents.

Containing an old £1 note and a handful of coins, the wallet was found down the back of a seat in a carriage undergoing restoration at the North Norfolk Railway.

Train driver Michael Massey turned detective to track down its owner, equipped only with old documents carrying the name 'Derek B Gamble' and an out-of-date address in Rugby.

The 70-year-old retired teacher eventually found someone of the same name living in Northampton.

It turned out he had found the owner's son, who made arrangements to reunite the wallet with his father.

Mr Massey said: "He doesn't remember losing it, but thinks it must have been when the carriages were on the Great Central Railway at Loughborough."

Mr Gamble snr, who is in his 60s, said: "I am pleased and not a little surprised to be reunited with my wallet.

"Its contents bring back memories of what my family and I were doing over 30 years ago."

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