Search for owner of 1960s wedding ring found in bay

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TWO metal detectorists who found a wedding ring from the early 1960s in St Aubin’s Bay are trying to trace its owner.

Karl Channing holding onto a cannon ball that he found on St Aubin's Bay along with a wedding ring and some old coins

Karl Channing was out with his friend and fellow detectorist Steven Andrews when he discovered the engraved wedding ring along with a cannon ball and old coins.

Mr Channing said: ‘I had said I would join Steve one afternoon to see what metal detecting was like. We must have only been searching for around three hours when we came across everything. It was good fun and I will definitely do it again, but I gave Steven the ring, as he was keen to find the owner.’

The engraving on the ring reads D.Le.G D.J.L. 15:3:62, which Mr Andrews said he believed to be the initials of the couple and the date on which they got married. He said: ‘The engraving on the ring makes me think it is more than likely a Jersey name. However, as the ring is in pretty good condition it’s difficult to know how long it has been lost for.’

In a bid to find out who the ring belonged to, Mr Andrews put out an appeal online, but when nobody came forward, he increased his search efforts. He added: ‘After posting a photo of the ring on the Jersey Lost and Found group on Facebook, I went down to the Jersey registry office to see who got married on 15 March 1962, but had no joy with that either.’ He also called every D Le G listed in the phonebook.

Speaking about his friend’s discovery, he added: ‘Karl had some real beginner’s luck finding what he did last week. Being honest, I was really surprised that he came across it at all in the time period we were searching for. I was only a little bit jealous!’

Mr Andrews said that anyone with more information could contact him on Facebook.

Krystle Higgins

By Krystle Higgins


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