Woman's joy after missing 147-year-old wedding dress traced

The dress is deeply important to Tess's family

The dress is deeply important to Tess’s family

A woman has turned to Facebook after her family's beloved wedding dress, made by her great-great-grandmother in 1870, went missing at an Edinburgh dry cleaners. After her father carefully selected the ideal dry cleaner to launder the dress after Newall's wedding day, the family was informed that the cleaners went out of business and that her dress may have been sold.

The dress was priceless.

Tess Newall, 29, of Morham, East Lothian, had worn the dress - belonging to her great-great grandmother - when she got married in June a year ago.

'When I got engaged in August, my granny said I should wear this dress, ' she said.

'She said that her mother's wedding dress was up in her attic in a box and she thought that I might like it as I love antique things. Then we got married in Scotland, and we had just the best day ever'.

However Tess's father Patrick Gammell, the Vice Lord-Lieutenant of East Lothian, discovered to his horror that Kleen Cleaners in Edinburgh, the oldest in the Scottish capital and holders of a Royal warrant, had gone into administration when he went to collect Tess's dress.

The original post on Facebook was shared over 300,000 times and liked over 40,000 times.

Ms Newall wrote: "We received this letter this morning from the administrators, Wylie & Bisset, confirming that our dress was not in Kleen Cleaners".

"We received a phone call from the very kind landlord of the shop property who read about it through this incredible response".

After her post went viral and an appearance on SKY News, the administrators were forced to contact Tess saying that the dress had been found by the shop landlord in a crumpled heap on the floor. (Not cleaned but still with our ticket)'.

"It seems that the dress was taken to be sold so it could be winging its way anywhere", Mrs Newall posted on Facebook.

"My family can't thank you all enough for creating this frenzy which allowed us into the shop before it was too late, and are over the moon to be *almost* reunited with Dora's dress".

As well as the social media appeal, wedding planning site Bridebook had launched a massive search for the dress among their 40,000 or so bridal clients.

The landlord phoned Tess' parents at their home in Morham, East Lothian, and a long-awaited reunion with the dress was all set for Saturday - until one final twist.

'Everyone is thrilled that Tess has found the dress, ' he said.

He added: "We are petrified to let it out of our sight now and I think my wife, Sally, is going to try to clean it herself instead of sending it somewhere again".

Tess had told Metro.co.uk that they were distraught to lose such an important family treasure.

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