FROM boxing gloves and bikinis, to bunk bed ladders, odd lost property found on the Metro will go under the hammer.
Each day, train travellers leave dozens of weird and wonderful items on the region’s Metro service.
Now Nexus, which owns and manages the network, is putting more than 4,000 items of unclaimed lost property up for auction in Sunderland in a bid to raise money for charity.
Some of the more unusual items going under the hammer include a pair of boxing gloves, a pogo stick, a guitar, a snooker cue, a picnic hamper, a set of bunk bed ladders, a foot spa and a fishing rod.
There are 289 items of brand new clothing, 77 CDs, 62 DVDs, 27 vinyl records, 47 computer games, 29 walking sticks, four golf clubs, five tennis rackets, 76 umbrellas and four pushchairs.
The Metro Lost Property Auction – the first one to be held by Nexus since 2009 – is taking place at Park Lane Interchange in Sunderland next Thursday from 10am to 4pm, in the coach passenger waiting area. Anyone is welcome to attend and make a bid for one of the lots.
The proceeds are being donated to the chosen charities of the new Mayor of the City of Sunderland, Coun Stuart Porthouse.
The charities are: Age UK Sunderland, Action on Dementia Sunderland and NSPCC Childline Sunderland.
Coun Porthouse said: “I really appreciate this fantastic gesture by Nexus. It is great to think that all the monies raised will stay in Sunderland and help support causes which are so close to both my heart and the hearts of so many people here in our city.
“I hope that as many people as possible come along to the auction. It is sure to be a fun event, giving everyone the opportunity to support the essential work of these charities while perhaps managing to grab a bargain.”
Director General of Nexus, Bernard Garner, said: “It’s been five years since the last Metro lost property auction took place so we’ve got a real treasure trove of lost property.
“It really is amazing what passengers lose on the Metro, from the mundane everyday times, to the more weird and wonderful. All proceeds from the auction will be donated to charity, like in previous years.”
Previous Metro lost property auctions have included a false leg, several wigs, Barry Manilow records, a stuffed dog affectionately called “Day Rover” by Metro staff, and even a kitchen sink.
The mobile phones in the Metro lost property will not be going up for auction as they are being recycled.