147-Year-Old Wedding Dress Gets Lost at Dry Cleaners; Internet Comes to the Rescue

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Facebook is a great social tool for connecting with friends and family. The social networking site has been a place to share funny animal videos, vacation photos, and—when you’re up for it—some political banter. According to a recent statistic, Facebook has 1.86 billion monthly active users. That’s a lot of cat videos!

Besides being a great networking app, Facebook has also been used to help people in need. Whether it’s a friend looking for her lost dog or a family member asking for donations, people use Facebook to easily connect with others who may be able to help them out.

One particular story has captured the hearts of thousands of Facebook users because it was one of a kind. A woman named Tess Newall lost her wedding dress and needed the help of her Facebook friends to find it. Every bride’s wedding dress is special and most brides keep their gowns to remember the day they got married. Just like every other bride, Newall wanted to keep her wedding dress but, unlike most gowns, the recent newlywed’s dress once belonged to her great-grandmother. And it was 147-years-old. As anyone can imagine, this was an extremely important treasure to Newall. Her great-grandmother made the wedding dress in 1870, so it had significant personal value to Newall.

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Newall walked down the aisle in the beautiful lace gown at her June 2016 wedding. She looked stunning in her Facebook photos, wearing flowers in her hair that perfectly matched the vintage gown. After celebrating her wedding day, Newall decided to get her dress dry cleaned, so she dropped it off at Kleen Cleaners in Edinburg, United Kingdom. However, the store fell into liquidation and Newall was left devastated when the owners told her they had lost her beloved wedding dress. Newall did the only thing she could think of to try and find her wedding dress—use social media. She logged into her Facebook account and created a public post to share with her friends and family about the lost gown.

Newall wrote: “I have just found out that the dry cleaners have lost my much loved wedding dress. It was made by my Great Great Granny in 1870 (I altered the top) and I wore it in June 2016. Kleen Cleaners in Edinburgh used to be the best but recently fell into crooked hands and have gone into liquidation. It seems that the dress was taken to be sold so it could be winging its way anywhere. Please share his far and wide in case anyone stumbles across it! I realize there are far greater issues in the world but it means the world to us.”

The newlywed’s post attracted a lot of people on Facebook, and everyone banded together to help Newall find her lost wedding dress. In fact, her post touched so many people on the social networking site that it was shared over 300,000 times. Newall had no idea if she would ever find the dress again, but never underestimate the power of the Internet. Somewhere in those Facebook shares, the landlord of the dry cleaners saw Newall’s Facebook post. The landlord searched the shop and eventually came across a “crumpled heap of antique lace on the floor.”

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The landlord contacted Newall’s family to tell them the good news. After being reunited with the wedding dress, Newall took to Facebook again to update her friends and tell them the fantastic news. Newall wrote: “On Saturday afternoon we received a phone call from a very kind landlord of the shop property who read about it through this amazing response. He checked what was left by the administrators Wylie & Bissest and found a crumpled heap of antique lace on the floor of the derelict basement. My mum and dad were finally let into the shop and to their amazement and joy it is our dress!”

Newall also mentioned that she helped two other women who were in the same situation. We are so glad this story had a happy ending all thanks to a Facebook post and a bunch of committed Facebook friends!

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