02/15/2017 05:44 am ET Rebecca Shapiro Senior Editor, The Huffington Post Tess Newalls wedding gown had extra sentimental value. Her dress is a delicate family heirloom her great-great-grandmother handmade more than a century earlier, in 1870. Newall wore it to her June 2016 wedding in Scotland and took it to the dry cleaners in the Scottish capital, Edinburgh, after the big day, and her joy suddenly turned to despair. The business went into liquidation sometime after she dropped off her dress and before she was able to pick it up. After the wedding, we took the dress to the cleaners and were told it would take 10 weeks to dry clean, Newall told the British news website Metro . But then we didnt hear from them for ages, so we went to have a look ourselves and it was in liquidation. So she turned to Facebook, and posted a public message asking for anyone and everyones help. It seems that the dress was taken to be sold so it could be winging its way anywhere, Newman wrote in a post that has been shared more than 300,000 times. Please share this far and wide in case anyone stumbles across it! I realise there are far greater issues in the world but it means the world to us. More family memories need to be woven into its threads. The post struck a chord. Local news outlets picked up Newmans story and posted her plea. A wedding planning website said it would organize a search of 1,000 bridal gown shops across the United Kingdom. The dress was recovered within days.
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