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Woman’s purse lost at a club in 1980s found in 2017

MANCHESTER: A woman who was left in utter surprise after she discovered that her purse lost in the 1980s at a nightclub in Manchester has been found.

Sarah Dale’s purse and belongings inside it were found stuck behind a radiator by workmen who are carrying out a refurbishment of the club.

Inside there was a library card, bank details and 12p in cash. The club wanted to re-unite the bag with its owner and launched an online campaign, which succeeded – she is a lawyer living 200 miles away from the Ritz in South London.

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She said that she’d been contacted by friends who had seen the appeal including one who said she owed her £5 from that night. Sarah Dale, 51, is now a CPS lawyer and was found by MailOnline’s correspondent. She told him: ‘It’s me! It’s a nice story and now I want my 12p back!’

She said that she was disappointed that her library card and residents’ association cards were in there because that’s not rock ‘n’ roll.

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She said: ‘We went there quite a few times, but I don’t remember that night. You’d think I would remember something like having my wallet taken, but I don’t. I have no recollection of it at all.’

She added: ‘It doesn’t surprise me that there was only 12p in it though, I was a hard up student in those days! I was on a tight budget of something like £10 a week. If there was only a few pence left I must have lost it at the end of the night.’ The wallet held a Cheshire Libraries and Museums card, a University of Manchester Whitworth Park Residents’ Association card from 1985/86, a Midland Bank cheque card, and a payslip.

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Chris Mann, bar manager at the Ritz, said: ‘We were clearing out the other day because we’re having a refurb in the offices, and it had fallen down the back of a radiator – it must have been lodged there since God knows when, he added.



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