Tuesday, 22 June 2021

Stationmaster seeks owner of lost property

A STATIONMASTER is trying to trace the owner of a large photograph that was left on a train.

Norman Topsom, of Gainsborough Hill, Henley, said a colleague found the 3ft by 2ft print on an empty carriage at Henley station after the passengers had disembarked.

Mr Topsom, 67, who is Twford stationmaster, has kept the photo but nobody has come forward to claim it.

The black and white image shows two young girls in old-fashioned dresses sitting in a garden with a baby between them. It is mounted on white cardboard and covered with glass.

Mr Topsom said: “I think it must belong to someone who was travelling into Henley. We thought someone would come for it but haven’t had any enquiries so perhaps they’ve forgotten where they left it.

“It looks like an enlargement of an older photo so it would have cost a bob or two. You’d think someone would have been in touch by now.”

Mr Topsom added: “You might think it’s too big for someone to forget but you’d be amazed what people leave behind — laptops, mobile phones, iPods, electronic readers and all sorts.

“I remember once being called to meet a train after the owner left an attaché case on board with £30,000 in cash inside.”

Anyone who recognises the photograph should call the Henley Standard newsdesk on (01491) 419444.

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