A lost mobile phone was reunited with its owner last night after thousands of people responded to an online appeal.
Sue Forrester, 49, found the battered handset on the beach at Tentsmuir on Sunday while out walking dogs with her daughter.
Despite a cracked screen, Mrs Forrester, who lives in north-east Fife, posted a picture of the device’s homepage on her dog care firm’s Facebook page, prompting more than 25,500 views in just 24 hours.
The appeal proved successful, with the owner of the phone, Ruaraidh Allan from Abernethy, coming forward last night to retrieve it.
“The owner said that he’s already changed his details to a new phone but there are pictures on there that will be priceless,” said Mrs Forrester.
“I’m so glad we’ve been able to find him it’s great.
“I did contact the police but there is such a massive dog walking community in Fife so I knew that if I posted an appeal on Facebook it would be popular.”
Ruaraidh, 25, was first made aware that his phone had been found after being tagged in Sue’s appeal by a friend.
Staggered to be reunited with the handset, he told The Courier: “I thought it might have been washed away by the tide.
“I lost it on Saturday morning and realised later on that it must have been back at the beach.
“I thought it was a goner so couldn’t believe it when I saw it on Facebook.”