Tourist appeals for return of precious family heirloom lost on visit to Belfast
A tourist is appealing for the safe return of a family heirloom which she lost during a trip to Belfast - one month before the birth of her first grandchild who she planned to pass it on to.
Babs Fisher visited Northern Ireland over the Easter weekend for the first time since the 1980s but realised on return to her home in Bristol, England, that she had lost a bracelet which carries a lot of sentimental value.
The bangle was specially made from old gold jewellery when the civil servant was pregnant with her second son, Jack, 28 years ago.
She planned to give it to Jack's first child - her first grandchild - who is due next month. But she has now been left devastated after losing the bracelet during her short break to Belfast.
Mrs Fisher said: "This gold bangle has such sentimental value as it was made for the birth of my second child who I believed would be a girl and my intention was to pass it on to her when she came of age. I collected gold from old jewellery and saved hard to have it made prior to the birth in order to wear it when the baby came. However, my second child turned out to be a little boy and 28 years later his wife is soon giving birth to my first grandchild, a little girl, next month. Since her pregnancy I have stated that I will pass it to her and couldn't wait to see her wearing it.
"I have worn this bangle every day since my son was born in January 1990. I am devastated that less than one month before my little granddaughter is born I have lost this precious heirloom during a short trip to Belfast.
"We had a wonderful time throughout our Easter break in Belfast visiting so many beautiful locations and exciting restaurants and pubs. The last time I was here, you had to go through turnstiles to enter the city centre so it was great to see how much the place has changed since then. We felt very welcomed by the friendliness of the locals.
"During our stay we visited the Giant's Causeway, Dark Hedges, Dunluce Castle and Ballintoy Harbour, Home restaurant, the Duke of York, Cutters Wharf, Titanic Museum, SS Nomadic, Belfast Castle, and stayed at the Wellington Park Hotel.
"I feel so lost without this bangle and I haven't stopped crying. I feel as though I have failed my son by losing it and not passing the heirloom to little Delilah Pearl, who is due on May 18. The bangle has been my own comfort blanket during times of pain and sorrow, particularly when my son has been away from me. If anyone has found this bangle, please can you get in touch so that it can be passed on to my little granddaughter."
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.