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Fitting return for diamond rings found in cafe

Nora Bailey could hardly believe her diamond rings were returned to her - she is pictured with Chris Neilson from The Coffee Club Sandgate
Nora Bailey could hardly believe her diamond rings were returned to her - she is pictured with Chris Neilson from The Coffee Club Sandgate Renee McKeown

A PROPOSAL was staged for great-grandmother Nora Bailey after her diamond rings were lost and found at The Coffee Club in Sandgate recently.

The set of rings with 23 diamonds was found under the table while a staff member was cleaning up and returned to the Bracken Ridge resident with a surprise mock proposal.

Ms Bailey said she had been wearing the rings for more than 50 years and was terrified when she noticed they were missing.

"I came in here for a cup of coffee then we went up to the seniors club for a concert," she said.

"I looked down and my rings weren't there.

"I felt terrible, I was convinced I'd never see them again.

"I told everyone and I went in to put a (lost) ad in the newspaper."

 

A set of rings with 20 diamonds was found and returned to Nora Bailey in Sandgate.
A set of rings with 20 diamonds was found and returned to Nora Bailey in Sandgate. Renee McKeown

Ms Bailey said during the week her rings were missing her mind went crazy thinking about what happened to them.

She thought the rings might have washed down the drain or had been pulled apart and sold at a pawn shop.

However the rings were found and put aside until Ms Bailey and her partner John Finglas went back to the cafe for their weekly coffee.

The Coffee Club Sandgate duty manager Chris Neilson said the chance of finding the rings was pretty slim and it was great to be able to return them to their rightful owner.

"I've been here three years now and John and Norma have been coming here since before my time," he said.

"I thought it would be a bit of a laugh to say 'Will you take this ring' in a mock proposal."

 

A proposal was staged when Nora Bailey's diamond rings were returned - John Finglas, Nora Bailey and Chris Neilson.
A proposal was staged when Nora Bailey's diamond rings were returned - John Finglas, Nora Bailey and Chris Neilson. Renee McKeown

Ms Bailey said it was the best thing that could have happened.

"Everybody here nearly cried and now every time I think about it I get butterflies in my stomach," she said.

"I never bothered much with jewellery but I always have these. They mean everything to me."

The Bracken Ridge resident said the rings were fused together and fitted with a clasp but she was not going to wear them again until the clasp was fixed shut.


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