A Carnoustie councillor has been reunited with his treasured wedding ring thanks to an eagle-eyed council employee.
Brian Boyd thought he had lost his wedding ring while putting flowers on his parents’ grave in the Panbride cemetery.
The ring had slipped off his finger due to weight loss after recovery from an operation.
He said: “I was frantically searching for hours. I even had friends with metal detectors helping but we couldn’t find anything.
“I was beside myself, but I pretty much put it to bed and accepted it was lost.”
Brian married his husband in Angus Council’s registrar office in Arbroath more than eight years ago.
Two weeks went by and the independent councillor – elected in a 2011 by-election – reconciled himself to the loss of the golden band.
“I told my husband, who is very different to me and is a very private person, that we would have to renew out vows in 2021 so I could get a new ring. I don’t think he was that keen at all.”
Then, a message appeared on a social media community site highlighting a wedding ring had been found.
“I got in touch and said is there any chance that it could be a gentleman’s ring and it turned out that it was mine.
“I was absolutely ecstatic. I had completely accepted it was gone. I am a very romantic person and the ring means a huge deal to me. It is amazing to have it back.
“My partner is really happy too – as it means he won’t have to go through another ceremony.”
Grant Downie council worker at Carnoustie Parks Department, spotted the ring while working.
He said he contacted the Our Carnoustie Facebook page and asked for help in tracing the owner.
“Once the message got out there, the owner got in touch pretty quickly and claimed the ring.
“It was great to get it back to Brian, especially as it means so much to him.”