A treasured ceremonial chain stolen by thieves has turned up - in a shoe box bought for £5 at a car boot sale.
Holmfirth and Meltham Lions were left devastated after the 35-year-old chain of office was taken in February when former president Paul Watson’s home was burgled.
The chain bears the names of the 35 previous club presidents who have helped the community over the past four decades.
But a breakthrough came last week when a woman bought a shoebox filled with old jewellery at a car boot sale in Barnsley.
Bought for a measly £5, the shopper took it home and emptied it out to examine its contents.
But she was stunned to find the distinctive chain inside and, thinking it could be important, notified police.
Louise Makin, member of the Lions, said the group were stunned by the find.
She said: “It was only when the woman got home and looked at the chain that she wondered if it was something important that had been stolen.
“The chain itself is worth nothing, but it has a lot of sentimental value. Obviously she didn’t want it and informed the police.
“The next thing we knew Paul Watson was called by police to say it had turned up.”
Having previously lost hope it would ever show up, and being advised by their insurance company, the club recently bought a new chain for £500.
The Lions have since announced a new president, Paul Chadaway, who has the new chain, while the old one is safely back with Mr Watson.
Louise added: “Unfortunately the woman didn’t remember anything about who she bought the shoebox from, or even the car at the boot sale.
“It’s a shame as there may have been other things of value.
“We are thrilled to get it back as it has been with the club right from the start. It’s all down to this woman’s honesty.”
The Lions help raise money to invest in the community and donate to charities, and are always on the lookout for new members.
This year they raised £5,143 and some of that total was quickly donated to the Calderdale flood relief fund.