Search on for owner of engagement ring lost at restaurant a decade ago
The Champagne's waiting on ice for the lucky owner of a lost engagement ring discovered during a Co Antrim restaurant renovation.
Builders made the happy find during a £300,000 upgrade to the popular Windrose bistro in Carrickfergus. The management put news of the find on their social media page, where it has already been seen by more than 90,000 people.
Gary Callaghan, who owns the popular dining destination, said he could clearly recall the night more than a decade ago when a customer dropped the ring while eating.
"I remember it being lost," the businessman told the Belfast Telegraph last night.
"I was there that day, when the girl's ring just fell down through the decking.
"We took out some of the decking at the time, but we just couldn't find the ring for her."
But now the lost sparkler has turned up - just in time for Valentine's Day.
"We were lifting our decking to replace it with a new floor," Mr Callaghan said.
"I'd told the builders that there was a ring which had been lost 10 or 12 years ago.
"The builders had just cleared out the decking, and all the old wood and other debris was piled up to be taken away. The workmen were just doing a final sweep of the area - and there was the ring, just sitting perched on top of a little bit of metal.
"But after a decade or more under the bistro's decking, it wasn't exactly sparkling," he laughed.
"It was very dirty.
"We haven't cleaned it yet.
"We've just left it as it is."
The businessman doesn't have the name of the ring's owner.
"I remember she was tall, in her mid-20s, with very short black hair - but that's it," Mr Callaghan said.
"I don't have her name."
But he's hoping that she will hear about the discovery soon - and will come forward to reclaim her property lost all those years ago.
"I can't believe the ring hasn't been claimed," Mr Callaghan said.
"But we're keeping a bottle of Champagne on ice for when the woman finally comes forward - hopefully before Valentine's Day!"
Renovations to the upmarket bistro complex - which has remained open for business during the upgrade work - will be completed in March.
"When the bistro reopens it will have a beautiful, warm rustic feel, with old barn oak brought in from Pennsylvania.
"The new Marina Terrace will have old driftwood flooring with infinity glass appearing from the decking with an unobstructed view over the marina," Mr Callaghan added.