IRREPLACEABLE photographs of a Valentine’s Day wedding have been stolen from a couple planning a new life in Spain.
The pictures of Andrew and Eileen Simpson’s big day were in an album in a car that was pinched from outside the Tandem pub in Waterloo.
Now they are appealing for the safe return of the precious mementoes.
Mr Simpson, 44, said: “I want them back. I’m not really that bothered about the car – it’s only a piece of metal at the end of the day and I can replace it, but I can’t replace the photos.”
Mr and Mrs Simpson, who are from Canvey Island, had packed up most of their belongings to be shipped overseas.
Their last few possessions, including the album, were loaded into their J-registered white Ford Fiesta which Mr Simpson drove to Huddersfield.
The lorry driver, who knows Tandem landlord Peter Marsden, had gone to the pub to help his friend put up a smoking shelter.
After the work was finished, he left the car in the pub car park while he flew to Spain – where the couple are moving with their two children – to make some preparations for his family’s move.
It is believed the car was taken overnight last Wednesday, May 14 – the night before Mr Simpson returned to the pub to pick it up.
The pictures, taken at the wedding on February 14, 1987, included photographs of Mr Simpson’s father, who has since died.
Mr Simpson said: “They are the only ones we have. I would ask whoever has taken the car to have a heart and hand them in.”
The photo album was in a pink coloured box.
Anyone with information about the theft should contact Pc Wendy Orford on 01484 436793.