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Published: Wed, February 15, 2017
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Missing 150-year-old wedding dress found after Facebook appeal

Missing 150-year-old wedding dress found after Facebook appeal

A 150-year-old hand-made antique wedding gown was retrieved after a social media appeal by a distressed bride Tess Newall in Scotland went viral.

In a bid to recover the family heirloom, Tess, 29, made an impassioned plea on Facebook where she said "I have just found out that the dry cleaners have lost my much loved wedding dress".

Now it has emerged that officials at Edinburgh's concert venue Queen's Hall are in talks to showcase the now famous Edwardian lace frock.

'Everyone is thrilled that Tess has found the dress, ' he said.

'I went up to the attic and found it in the box all wrapped up in tissue paper and when I held it up I couldn't believe it, it was just so attractive and it didn't need all that much adjustment. Tess told Metro.co.uk that it had been made by her great-great-grandmother Dora in 1870, before her grandma suggested she wear it at her own wedding previous year.

She said the dress deserved more family memories "to be woven into its threads".

"In the basement he saw what he thought was a pile of old antique lace that when he pulled it out was the dress - it still had the ticket on with my parents' number".

The 61-year-old, who is the Vice Lord-Lieutenant of East Lothian, told BBC Scotland's news website: "We are thrilled finally to have my wife's family's wedding dress back safely in our hands".

"Someone from the administrators turned up at the shop from Glasgow and said my parents couldn't take it", said set designer Tess.

She was told she should have the dress back on Monday. Her earlier correspondence with the drycleaners had earned her a reponse which took away the little hope she might have had.

"Wylie & Bisset were allocated the case in October 2016 to administer on AiB's behalf and handled the closure of the Kleen Cleaners dry cleaning business in Edinburgh".

Tess' grandmother Jojo, 88, who's attic the dress had been stored in for half-a-century, was also there to welcome it home. "We are over the moon", Newall wrote to Brides.

Now chair of Queen's Hall, Nigel Griffiths, has approached Tess to put the dress on show after its plight captured the public's heart.

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