A husband lost his wedding ring in a giant haystack and embarked on an epic two-week search to find it.
John Tressider, 68, had been helping out on his auntie’s farm and was moving 200 large bales of straw from a barn when he noticed his gold Celtic band had come off his finger 30 minutes in.
The ring had been a replacement for one his lost 20 years ago when a dog ate it and the horrified grandfather began a desperate ‘needle in a haystack’ search for it.
Can you spot the ring? It took retired John Tressider two-weeks to find his precious band
After two hours of sifting through the 20ft tall stack of straw bales he was forced to drive 90 miles home to break the news to Sally, his wife of 33 years.
Mr Tressider went back to the barn days later for a second fruitless search before having the idea of asking friend Tony Farrington, a keen metal detectorist, for a loan of his machine.
He returned to the farm in St Mawes, Cornwall, two weeks after losing the ring and worked from the top of the stack downwards, methodically sweeping the device over eight layers of straw bales.
The detector finally went off three hours later as he worked on the second-to-last row.
Retired John Tressider was helping out on his auntie’s farm when he lost his gold wedding ring
It was a replacement for the ring he lost 20 years ago when his dog (pictured) ate it
He brushed aside loose strands of straw to somehow spot the ring that was camouflaged against the golden bale.
Mr Tressider, a retired RSPCA superintendent from East Budleigh, Devon, said: ‘A couple of weeks ago I was helping out at my auntie’s farm and moving a stack of 200 or so straw bales from one barn to another.
‘After moving about 100 of them I stopped for a rest and noticed, to my absolute horror, that I had lost my wedding ring.
John, a retired RSPCA superintendent from East Budleigh, Devon borrowed a metal detector
‘I scoured one layer at a time, took it off and then scoured the next,’ said Mr Tressider
Mr Tressider borrowed the metal detector off his friend Tony (left) who he is very grateful to
‘It was quite a loose fit anyway and the bale strings were tight and hard to grip so it must have just pinged off.
‘I didn’t know where to start looking – it was literally like looking for a needle in a haystack.
He initially searched for two hours for the ring but having had no luck had to return home to Devon to break the bad news to his wife Sally
‘After a few hours of looking I went home and told Sally. She wasn’t thrilled, put it that way.
‘I had the Celtic wedding ring for 20 years.
‘It had been a replacement for the original one that I lost when a rescue dog I was looking after ate it. I followed him about doing his business for ages but never saw that ring again.
‘I was determined I wasn’t going to lose a second one and was quite optimistic of finding because I knew it was in the barn somewhere.
‘When I went back with the metal detector I was very methodical.
‘I scoured one layer at a time, took it off and then scoured the next.
‘I was on the second to bottom layer when the detector made a very distinctive beeping noise. I brushed away some wisps of straw and there it was laying on top of the bale.
‘I was very relieved and to say my wife was overjoyed is an understatement.
‘It is not worth a lot in monetary terms but it is very precious.
‘I made sure I bought Tony a few beers afterwards to thank him.’
‘I was very relieved and to say my wife was overjoyed is an understatement,’ said Mr Tressider
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