Family photos missing for 40 years turn up in Topsham

PUBLISHED: 10:00 31 October 2015

Jan Turner has been reunited with photo's donated at a Devon Air Ambulance shop.

Jan Turner has been reunited with photo's donated at a Devon Air Ambulance shop.


Family photographs, which mysteriously turned up after 40 years, have been handed back to an Exeter woman in an emotional reunion.

The pictures were donated to the Devon Air Ambulance Trust store in Topsham by an anonymous person.

Jan Turner now wants to know what happened to the photos over the years and where they came from.

She revealed how seeing the photographs, published in the Journal, had been ‘extremely emotional’.

She said: “What a surprise to see my family in the local newspaper, especially those that are no longer with us. It was extremely emotional, but so lovely. There were photos of my wedding day.

“The pictures belonged to my Uncle Jack of Topsham. He passed away in the 1970s, so it is really a bit of a mystery where the photos have been since then.

“I would really love to know where they were found, if the person who donated them is reading this.”

The photos will now be travelling to America to aid her cousin Margaret, who is putting together their family tree, Jan revealed.

She continued: “One of my cousins in America has been putting together our family tree and will be especially interested in the photos.

“I’ll be sending various pictures to different family members and some will definitely be going to the United States.”

Devon Air Ambulance Trust shop manager Sarah Woolfenden said her staff had been determined to find out to whom the photos belonged.

She said: “We were surprised to see such lovely pictures and were worried that they had been donated to us by mistake. We put one of the photos onto our Facebook page and then shared it with the paper.

“When the appeal appeared in the newspaper, we received a call from Jan.”

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