A canny cat proved it was worth its weight in gold after finding a Cantley couple’s treasured wedding ring.
Tony and Freda Coleman, of Goodison Boulevard, made a home for Olive the cat three years ago when she proved too much for their son Anthony and partner Rebecca following the birth of their baby daughter.
The much-loved moggie has now thanked them for providing her with a loving home by finding a treasured wedding ring Freda thought had gone forever. And it was found in time for the couple’s diamond celebrations.
Tony, now aged 81, had lovingly hand-made the ring for his bride Freda, 82, for their wedding on December 6, 1953, using some slivers of gold that he had been given as a marriage present from his boss. Freda wore the ring for nearly 60 years, but as they excitedly looked forward to their diamond anniversary, she realised it was missing.
“I was distraught – I still don’t know how I lost it or even when it slipped off my finger” she said.
“We hunted everywhere, turned the house upside down and scoured the garden, but couldn’t find it. I was heartbroken as it had such sentimental value because Tony made it for me for our wedding all those years ago.
“Tony was upset too as I’d never taken it off my finger before. After searching for weeks we eventually gave up hope of finding it again and with our anniversary drawing nearer and nearer, Tony took me into town and bought me a beautiful new wedding ring. It must have been a month later that I noticed Olive was playing with something sparkly on the kitchen floor and when I bent down to look, I was thrilled to discover it was my missing wedding ring.
“I was over the moon and Tony was happy too as it had meant so much to us both – even though he had to fork out for a replacement ring!”
They still aren’t sure but think the 60-year-old band of gold might have rolled under a skirting board where the sharp-eyed cat saw it glinting and fished it out with her paw to play with.
Freda added: “I was over the moon and Tony was happy too as it had meant so much. Tony had bought me a replacement, but now I have the ring that my husband had originally made.”