Box of memories is reunited with its owner after decades

Evelyn Beeforth
Evelyn Beeforth

A tin box full of letters and memories which was found during a house renovation has been reunited with its owner.

The box, which contained items belonging to an Evelyn Wilson, was found in Loftus and passed to the Whitby Gazette and The Scarborough News in the hope that the owner could be traced.

An appeal in The Scarborough News attracted a great response, with a number of people saying they believed the owner was now called Evelyn Beeforth and that she lived in Fylingthorpe.

After a phone call from reporter Susan Stephenson, Evelyn was able to call into the Scarborough News office and collect her letters, photos and other precious items, such as prize certificates.

She said: “It was a long, long time ago - I just couldn’t believe it when I heard about them. I haven’t seen them since 1974, as this is when I left Scalby, and it’s really weird seeing them again. I have no idea how they ended up where they were.”

Evelyn explained that at the time, her family owned a farm and they used to have Scout groups to stay.

She kept in touch with one of the leaders, a young man called John from Bradford, by letter for a while.

Evelyn said: “I don’t know where he is now, but it would be nice to meet up with him.”

Reporter Susan Stephenson thanked everyone who contacted her to help trace Evelyn.