Pub turned upside down in ring search

Staff at The Birds turned eveything upside down in a bid to find the missing ring. Pictured are (from left) cleaner Leanne Cooper, assistant manager Emma Handley and kitchen manager Aaron Anderson. ANL-151103-092500001
Staff at The Birds turned eveything upside down in a bid to find the missing ring. Pictured are (from left) cleaner Leanne Cooper, assistant manager Emma Handley and kitchen manager Aaron Anderson. ANL-151103-092500001
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A Spalding pub boss is offering £100 towards a replacement gold ring after one of his customers, widowed mum of three Diane Smith, lost her treasured wedding band.

Diane (60), a carer at Holbeach Hospital, lost her ring in Spalding on Monday, March 2 – the day daughter Vicki celebrated her 31st birthday. They visited shops on Holland Market and The Birds for a meal.

Staff have searched every inch of the pub, literally turning the place upside down

The Birds manager, Liam Booth Isherwood, said: “We know the wedding ring must hold a huge amount of sentimental value so we were desperate to find it but unfortunately, despite turning the place upside down, we had no luck.

“It is not nice to think that one of our customers has lost something so special and we hope that someone finds it, but if not then we are happy to put £100 towards a new ring,”

Diane said the £100 offer from The Birds if her ring isn’t found is “absolutely fantastic”, but she remains desperate to find her own ring because it’s her last link with her late husband.

She said: “It’s been really upsetting. That ring meant a lot to me and it was my daughter’s birthday the day that I lost it.

“The ring was the last contact with my late husband – it had a lot of sentimental value.”

Diane’s colleagues have been really supportive, making some posters that will be put up to appeal for the return of the ring if anyone finds it.

The ring is a simple, plain gold band.

Diane and Vicki have retraced their steps on the day the ring was lost, visiting shops including Sainsbury’s, Wilkinsons, and Poundstretchers, as well as contacting the police.

Our picture shows pub staff Leanne Cooper, Emma Handley and Aaron Anderson hunting for Diane’s ring at The Birds.