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Lost wallet found behind train seat after 30 years

Derek Gamble with the wallet he lost more than 30 years ago Image copyright Rugby Advertiser/Mike Baker
Image caption The wallet contained money as well as documents bearing Mr Gamble's name

A man has been reunited with a wallet he lost more than 30 years ago after it was found stuffed down the back of a train seat.

Owner Derek Gamble was traced after the item - which still contained its original contents - was found inside a railway carriage being restored.

Train driver Michael Massey told the Eastern Daily Press he discovered the wallet on the North Norfolk Railway.

Mr Gamble said the contents "brought back memories of 30 years ago".

An old £1 note and a handful of coins, as well as documents bearing the name Derek B Gamble and his former address in Rugby, Warwickshire, were inside the wallet.

It was discovered by Mr Massey, from Ely, while he was putting together exhibits for a display to be shown at Holt railway station in Norfolk.

He turned detective to find the wallet's owner, eventually tracking down Mr Gamble's son in Northampton.

"He [Mr Gamble] doesn't remember losing it, but thinks it must have been when the carriages were on the Great Central Railway at Loughborough," Mr Massey said.

Mr Gamble, now in his 60s and living in Northampton, said: "I am pleased and not a little surprised to be reunited with my wallet.

"Its contents bring back memories of what my family and I were doing over 30 years ago."

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