A couple from England have thanked Sutherland folk who helped reunite them with a handmade wedding ring which was lost during their new year break in Sutherland.
Andrew and Lindsay Lord, of Eccles, Manchester, are frequent visitors to Brora where they stay at one of the Links apartments, owned by a family member.
The couple, who married in Easter last year were determined to spend new year in the village and enjoyed a Hogmanay meal and ceilidh at the Royal Marine Hotel.
But they were devastated to discover on their return home on January 2 that Mr Lord, an IT expert, had lost his platinum wedding ring.
Mrs Lord, a specialist nurse for people with multiple sclerosis, said: "Our rings are extra special – they were handmade by a local jeweller and we were so upset to find it missing.
"We immediately rang everywhere we had visited while in Sutherland. The staff at the Marine hotel checked the apartment and the hotel. We had been to Dornoch on Hogmanay and Michael Hanratty at the Carnegie Courthouse’s Whisky Cellars asked around the town."
But with no sign of the ring, the Lords decided to make the journey back north again and retrace every step they had made during their New Year break. They set off at 5am last Friday and just as they approached the borders, received a message that gladdened their hearts.
Mrs Lord said: "Morag Sutherland from Brora sent me a copy of a Facebook posting from a former pupil of hers, Dornoch service point officer Catherine Macangus. It said a gent’s wedding ring had been found in the disabled toilet at the courthouse at Hogmanay.
"We were so excited. This had to be our ring and to find it on the day we had set off north was amazing."
The Lords, who first met as teenagers while working in the same fruit and vegetable shop, and went their separate ways before getting together four years ago, arrived in Dornoch in the early afternoon.
Mrs Lord said: "The anticipation was overwhelming and when we saw it was Andrew’s ring, I cannot tell you how overwhelmed and emotional we were.
"We cannot thank enough the kind member of the public who found the ring in the courthouse and handed it in, Catherine who posted on Facebook that it had been found and Morag who sent us a copy of the post.
The Lords were given a dram by Mr Hanratty to celebrate being reunited with the ring.
Mrs Lord said: "We were then able to relax and enjoy our weekend in what we consider to be the most beautiful place on earth."
Catherine Macangus said: "A member of the public handed the ring in to us from our disabled toilet just after New Year. It was in our safe keeping until last week when I put the post up on my own page and asked everyone to share, I swear within a couple of hours it was claimed!
The Lords were ecstatic when they came into the service point and so were we that we had managed to reunite them with their lovely wedding ring."