Bride's search for great-grandma's dress after dry cleaners 'sell' it

Bianca Soldani

It’s not every day that you get to walk down the aisle in an antique wedding dress your great grandmother made in the 1800s.

But that was the fairy tale for Scottish bride Tess Newall, at least until the dry cleaners she took it to went into liquidation.

The 29-year-old was shocked to find that administrators had taken over the dry cleaners and there was no sign of her dress inside, so she posted a heart-wrenching plea on Facebook to try and recover it.

The 147-year-old dress was sewn by her great-grandmother. Photo: Facebook

Saying that the dry cleaner she used “recently fell into crooked hands”, she wrote, “It seems that the dress was taken to be sold so it could be winging its way anywhere.”

“It was made by my Great Great Granny in 1870 (I altered the top) and I wore it in June 2016.

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“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 has been shared close to 200k times, with well-wishers telling Tess that they’ve put the word out in their own hometowns – whether that be in England, the US or Australia.

Tess found the gorgeous wedding dress in her grandmother's attic and was shocked to see it was in perfect condition despite having been in storage for almost a century and a half.

Tess' desperate plea. Photo: Facebook
Tess found the dress in her grandmother's attic. Photo: Facebook

"I didn't even know of its existence until my grandmother brought it up when I told her in August 2015 that Alfred and I had got engaged," she told the Daily Mail.

"I went up to the attic and found it in the box all wrapped up in tissue paper and when I held it up I couldn't believe it, it was just so beautiful and it didn't need all that much alteration."

After making small adjustments to the top of the gown, Tess wore it to say "I do" last year.

She and her husband Alfred tied the knot at a small church in Morham, a tiny parish in Scotland's east, after her great-grandmother Dora Torin, married a hat maker in nearby in Edinburgh.

Tess tied the knot in a small church near where her great-grandmother got married. Photo: Facebook

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