A Wearside war veteran who believed he had lost his medals is overjoyed they have been found.
Donald Nicholson, 93, believed he had dropped his medals on the site of the new Bomber Command Memorial in Lincoln at last week’s unveiling ceremony.
But they had been handed in at Houghton police station on the day and he will be reunited with them tomorrow.
“The medals have been handed in,” said Mr Nicholson.
“They were found on the morning I left to go to Lincoln, just a few yards from my house, in the gutter.
“I got into the car on the passenger side and I must have dropped them as I was getting in. I have to collect them from the police station in the morning.”
The man who found the medals called at Donald’s home in Castle Dene Grove this afternoon, and has given him the ‘lost and found’ reports details he will need to get his medals back in the morning.
“I feel like I have won the lottery,” he said.
“I just want to thank everybody for their help.”
Hundreds of veterans from around the country descended on site in Canwick Hill, Lincoln, to see the memorial spire officially unveiled last week.
The International Bomber Command Centre in Lincoln put out an appeal for help to find the medals, which saw more than 60 people armed with metal detectors sweeping the field where Mr Nicholson’s car had been parked this afternoon.