16:22 Friday 03 January 2014

Engagement ring among valuables left in town's hotel

Written byRICH GUTTRIDGE

Travelodge, Derby Street Travelodge, Derby Street

THE perfect weekend for one couple staying in Burton was ruined as it was revealed that an engagement ring was among high-value items left behind at the town’s Travelodge.

The discount hotel chain released details of unusual belongings that had been left behind in its thousands of rooms across the country during 2013.

Whether the loved-up groom-to-be had proposed to his partner before leaving - or perhaps changed his mind at the last minute - remains a mystery, but what is certain is that she left the hotel, off Derby Street, without it on her finger.

A luxury Dolche and Gabbana watch - some of which sell for hundreds of pounds - was among other valuable gadgets left behind.

Another of the Travelodge’s visitors was left mourning the loss of a top-of-the-range Samsung tablet.

The unlucky person was not alone in that respect - more than 10,000 tablets and smartphones were left in Travelodges across the country.

East Staffordshire can lay claim to be the home of Travelodge, with the company opening its very first branch on the A38, near Barton-under-Needwood, in 1985.

The Derby Street hotel followed in 2012, taking over the former Midland Grain Warehouse site and retaining many of its features.

Travelodge spokesman Shakila Ahmed said with many customers leading busy lifestyles and coming and going in quick sucession, their most treasured items are easily left behind.

She said:“Each year our lost and found inventory report provides plenty of revelations.

“What is becoming evident after speaking to our customers is that the pace of life has become so fast and we are so eager to get from A to B that valuable possessions are easily being forgotten.”

Among the most bizarre finds by Travelodge staff across the country was a pet tarantula called Hercules, the deeds to a £2 million house and an array of yoghurt flavours that were to be tested and had not yet gone on public sale.

A £5,000 Vera Wang dress was one of the most expensive items left behind.

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