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LONDON – A mystery “kind gentleman” who donated a vintage wedding dress with a touching note attached was at the center of an online frenzy Thursday.
A handwritten note pinned to the original 1950s lace gown, describes the donor’s 56 “happy years” of marriage.
“I was a lucky man to marry a lady like mine,” it reads. “I wish any lady who takes this dress to have a life with her loved one, 56 years like I did, happy years.”
Volunteers at a store run by a charity in northern England discovered the romantic message as they sorted through earlier donations — and now they want to track down the “true gent” to thank him for his actions.
“One of our volunteers received it from someone earlier in the week — they don’t know who — and when they got it out they noticed the lovely note pinned to it,” Nicola Woodgate, from St Gemma's Hospice in the Garforth area of Leeds told the Yorkshire Post newspaper.
The dress is now being auctioned on eBay and a social media appeal has attracted interest from around the world. Bids on the "stunning" gown had reached almost $600 by 5 a.m. ET Thursday.
“We knew it was something special and clearly from the reaction we’ve had, we were right,” Woodgate said.
The dress, which has no labels, is thought to be custom-made and to date from the 1940s or 1950s.
There are no other clues in the note, which ends with the letters “PTO” — usually meaning 'Please Turn Over' — but has no writing on the other side.