Gone But Not Forgotten
- Aug 18, 2002
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Long time coming (long delayed mail and other blasts from the past)
Repaired spectacles turn up 12 years later
A pair of safety glasses sent off for repair have been returned 12 years later.
In 1991 research chemist Alan Fosker took the spectacles to a local opticians, who sent them away.
Now they have arrived back but are no longer any good to the 63-year-old. Not only is he now retired but he has gone through several prescriptions since.
The glasses arrived back at the opticians on Monday. Staff contacted the grandfather-of-five, who wondered what spectacles they were talking about.
"I had completely forgotten about them," said Mr Fosker, of Pencoed, south Wales. "They must be pretty dusty by now."
In 1991 the glasses were sent to the supplier, who forwarded them to a firm based in Newbury, Berkshire. Four years later that firm was taken over by Bayer - the same company that Mr Fosker had worked for in Bridgend.
A spokesman for Bayer said: "Our buildings have been undergoing refurbishment for about 18 months and the outward mail and post rooms have both moved.
It sounds like they got lost in our system and someone conscientious has discovered them recently and popped them in the post box."
Mr Fosker, who had been working on vaccines for hay fever in 1991, will not be collecting the now-redundant glasses.
"Who wants a pair of glasses which are not the right prescription any longer?" he said.
Story filed: 15:18 Thursday 16th October 2003