A woman who was left distraught after misplacing her engagement ring was delighted to have it returned in a poo bag.
Angie Shipp was heartbroken after realising the 18-carat blue sapphire and diamond family heirloom had slipped off her finger during a family day at the Yellowcraig Beach in Scotland.
In desperation, the 38-year-old contacted charity the National Ring Recovery Service.
Within three days, volunteer detectorists Graeme Cook and Christine Irvine had found her ring, which Angie called “miraculous”, and returned it in a dog poo bag.
She added: “I couldn’t believe it that my prayers had been answered”.
Speaking to Edinburgh News, the mum-of-two explained how she felt sick with worry, and thought she would never see the ring again.
It was gifted to her by her partner Paul, 37, after he proposed at Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa.
His dad Des had given it to his future wife Sue when the pair got engaged in 1973, but sadly Sue died from pancreatic cancer in 2010.
When Angie was visiting Yellowcraig beach last month with her fiance Paul and their children Evelyn, three, and Isobel, four months, she lost the ring.
In June 2022 when the ring went missing, Angie discovered the National Ring Recovery Service, and posted a message on the Facebook group requesting help in finding it.
After two volunteers leapt into action, the ring was returned to Angie three days later, and she was delighted with the news and overwhelmed by the volunteers’ acts of kindness.
Until it was recovered, she didn’t dare tell her father-in-law the news.
But she was delighted to announce the news of its discovery when joining husband Paul and his dad Des for lunch that same day.
She said: “I picked up the message while arriving at the cafe and ran in and gave my husband the biggest hug.
“I finally told my father-in-law the whole story and he just laughed saying: ‘You always are the person to fall upwards out of the window’.
“I had already started contacting people in Ireland asking them to make some replicas of the ring, but I was just over-the-moon to have the ring safely back.
“I was so overwhelmed by the generosity of those volunteers.
“I really want people to know that even if they lose a ring, it’s certainly not a lost cause because there are people like Graeme and Christine out there to help you.
“It’s all thanks to them that I got my happy ending.”