A WOMAN and her unique engagement ring have been reunited - thanks to a Good Samaritan and the Examiner.
Anita Mills lost her 18ct band with diamond, emerald and amethysts after shopping in New Hey Road, Marsh, last Friday evening.
By the time she got back to her home in Old Lane, Scapegoat Hill, the 38-year-old realised her engagement ring was missing.
She said: "I hoped to goodness it was in the car - but it wasn't there."
Anita rang husband Keith in tears to tell him the dreadful news.
She said: "The ring has a lot of memories. My husband had one made to match with identical stones. To us they are irreplaceable."
The next day the couple - who had just celebrated their eighth wedding anniversary - scoured New Hey Road for the ring, but to no avail.
They put an advert in the Lost section of Tuesday's Examiner, more in hope than expectation of finding the precious ring.
Anita said: "We thought we would never see it again."
But Marsh resident Howard Tempest had other ideas.
He saw the ring on the street on Friday and took it to his Clifton Road home.
He and wife Julie asked at local shops and put up notices. But there were no leads to the loss, so they put an advert in the Examiner - which was printed just an inch from Anita's plea.
Mr Tempest, 42, said: "We couldn't believe it. A neighbour told us about it, but before we could ring them they rang us.
"The lady came and got the ring. My wife said she was emotional at getting it back.
"They offered us a reward but we said that getting the ring back to its proper owner was reward enough."
An ecstatic Anita said: "The couple were lovely and it's great to see there are still kind and decent people out there.
"We can't thank them enough."