Appeal launched to find 96-year-old's stolen photographs

An appeal has been made for the safe return of a 96-year-old woman's family photographs after her home was burgled.

Wednesday, 24th January 2018, 7:14 pm
Updated Friday, 26th January 2018, 3:20 pm
Grace Friar, 96, a volunteer at Harvestfield in Berwick.

The photographs, along with around £100 and bank cards, were in Grace Friar’s handbag and purse which was taken from her Tweedmouth home on Sunday afternoon.

Thankfully, Grace - who at home when the burglary happened - was unaware and was not injured but the loss of the precious pictures is a huge sentimental blow.

Grace is well known in the town thanks to her voluntary work with the British Legion and with The Salvation Army where she still works four days a week at its Harvestfield furniture project.

Lieutenant Andrew Manley, commanding officer of Berwick Salvation Army, said: “Those who know Grace know what sort of person she is, what a beautiful example of the Christian faith she is and what a gracious, sacrificial life she leads, which makes the robbery so much more painful.

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“And so, we make a plea on Grace’s behalf - if you discover a disgraced bag and/or purse please hand it in to the police. If you know of the whereabouts of these photos, again please hand them in.

“Grace being who she is, is concerned for the culprits well-being, hoping they stop their life of crime. She is such an inspiration and, on her behalf, please let’s try and get these photos back to her.”

Grace’s dedication was recognised last summer with a lifetime achievement award from the North Northumberland Voluntary Forum.

Grace, who has lived in Berwick all her life, had her passion to help other people sparked during her time serving in a Second World War naval hospital when she was in the Women’s Royal Naval Service.