A walker has been reunited with a set of dentures he left on a fell top more than a year ago.
Manchester rambler David Packer took out the false teeth to tackle a bar of chocolate on the summit of the Grumpy Old Fellwalker’s favourite fell, Haystacks. After wrapping them in a handkerchief, he walked away, leaving them on the remote Lakeland peak.
Haystacks, centre left, site of the dental discovery
Yet amazingly, the high-tech titanium plate was returned to its owner after another walker Alan Marsden found them, almost a year on. He put a notice in a national walking magazine which was seen by Mr Packer.
Mr Packer told the BBC: “I couldn't believe it. I contacted the person and got them posted back to me.
“I had visions of a sheep wandering around the Lakes with a set of my shiny teeth. I never thought I would see them again.”
The £450 set of teeth will now serve as a spare pair – their owner had replaced them – but they still fit, even though he admits they are a little tight.
After spotting the glinting dentures while out fellwalking with his wife, Mr Marsden, of Gamblesby near Penrith, took them to a friend in the dental profession who told him they would be worth hundreds of pounds.
After Mr Packer contacted him, he posted the teeth to their owner.