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Woman gets ring back 35 years on

Carys Williams and her lost ring
Carys Williams says she will 'never take the ring off again'

A woman has been reunited with a gold ring she lost 35 years ago as a Sunday school pupil.

Carys Williams, from Corwen, Denbighshire, was given it as a 16th birthday present from her parents.

The ring had disappeared into a crack in the floorboards in the nearby Moriah Chapel, but was rediscovered as the building was being demolished.

Mrs Williams said: "It is on my finger now. I don't think I will ever take it off again."

The mother-of-two, who is now in her early 50s, said she had thought "many times" about her lost signet ring, but only tried to get it back when workmen began dismantling the chapel.

She contacted the contractors but was initially given disappointing news.

"They had already lifted the seats and the floorboards in the place where I lost the ring and I asked if I could have a look.

It is amazing to think that this ring had just been lying there in the soil and rubbish for years and years
Howard Rees, builder

"They refused on health and safety grounds and said that it was too dangerous for me to go in," she said.

But one workman spent hours sifting soil found beneath the floorboards and eventually discovered the long-lost ring.

Mrs Williams said: "The workman said that he was delighted that he had found it and had put it on his own finger in case it got lost again!"

Howard Rees, boss of the contracting firm which demolished the chapel, said: "We were very pleased that she got her ring back.

"It is amazing to think that this ring, which was of great sentimental value, had just been lying there in the soil and rubbish under the floor boards for years and years."

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