Have you seen elderly couple’s missing wedding ring in Royston?

Claude and Rita Browne are hoping they will be reunited with Claude's wedding ring.

Claude and Rita Browne are hoping they will be reunited with Claude's wedding ring. - Credit: Courtesy of Alison Watts

An elderly couple from Royston are extremely upset after the husband’s wedding ring went missing in the town centre two weeks ago – and their daughter is now appealing for anyone who might have come across the ring to come forward.

Alison Watts has told the Crow that her father Claude Browne lost the ring while running errands in the town centre on Wednesday, September 6.

She said: “My father went to the HSBC bank before going in to Morrisons so the ring could have been lost anywhere along that stretch of road.

“He has lost a bit of weight recently so the ring slipped off his finger.

“My mother Rita has been back to both the bank and the store and it hasn’t been handed in. When my mum phoned me to tell me the ring had been lost she was very upset.”

Claude, 92, and Rita, 86, married in Hoddesdon, and had three children including Alison.

They moved to Royston after they retired in 1989 – and have recently celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary.

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Alison said: “They love living in Royston. They are long-standing members of the parish church of St John the Baptist, and are stil actively involved in church activities. They think it’s a lovely area and have lots of friends in the town.

“The ring is of great sentimental value, so they hope someone who may see it or has picked it up will come forward.

“Mum wasn’t angry with dad or anything, just upset. If they get it back they will be over the moon.

“They’re not on social media so we hope putting out a plea via the local paper will help jog people’s memories.”

The lost item is a yellow gold signet ring, engraved with the initials CGB.

If you’ve picked up the ring – or happen to come across it in Royston – call the newsdesk on 01438 866210 or email news@royston-crow.co.uk

Pleas to find lost property or track down owners can also be made via Herts police’s HertsReunited website.

The site lists lost, found and stolen property, usually for a period of up to 30 days, and has a search facility.

Visit www.mylostandfound.co.uk to find out more.