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A woman who lost her purse behind a radiator at the Ritz nightclub in Manchester 30 years ago has been discovered. Sarah Dale’s belongings were found stuck behind a radiator by workmen who are carrying out a refurbishment of the club.
Inside there was a library card, bank details and 12p in cash. The club wanted to re-unite the bag with its owner and launched an online campaign, which succeeded – she is a lawyer living 200 miles away from the Ritz in South London. She said that she’d been contacted by friends who had seen the appeal including one who said she owed her £5 from that night. Sarah Dale, 51, is now a CPS lawyer and was found by MailOnline’s Nick Fagge. She told him: ‘It’s me! It’s a nice story and now I want my 12p back!’
She said that she was disappointed that her library card and residents’ association cards were in there because that’s not rock ‘n’ roll. She said: ‘We went there quite a few times, but I don’t remember that night. You’d think I would remember something like having my wallet taken, but I don’t. I have no recollection of it at all.’
She added: ‘It doesn’t surprise me that there was only 12p in it though, I was a hard up student in those days! I was on a tight budget of something like £10 a week. If there was only a few pence left I must have lost it at the end of the night.’ The wallet held a Cheshire Libraries and Museums card, a University of Manchester Whitworth Park Residents’ Association card from 1985/86, a Midland Bank cheque card, and a payslip. Chris Mann, bar manager at the Ritz, said: ‘We were clearing out the other day because we’re having a refurb in the offices, and it had fallen down the back of a radiator – it must have been lodged there since god knows when.
‘Inside, it has a library card, an old Midland Bank cash cheque card, about 12p in change, a hand-written invoice, a payslip with the name of the company she worked for and a photographic student ID with an address in Thelwall. ‘She would maybe have been about 18 or 19 back then, so she might be in her early 50s now. ‘It’s coming up to our 90th birthday but this wallet has been here for about 30 years, so we just figured it might be nice to reunite it with its owner. ‘We want to have a chat with them to find out more about what they were doing in the Ritz and whether they actually remember it.’
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