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Travelodge reveals top 10 interesting lost and found items from its Ipswich, Stowmarket and Capel St Mary sites

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A designer wedding dress, plane tickets and a car have been some of the items taken to a hotel chain's Suffolk lost and found offices in the last 12 months.

Though chargers, books, teddy bears and jewellery made the top 10 most popular things left in its rooms, Travelodge has also released a list of the most interesting items left behind in the county over the last 12 months.

The company's annual lost and found audit showed a significant rise in left items as people were picking staycations as a top holiday choice in 2021.

Travelodge in Duke Street, Ipswich. Picture by Google Maps.
Travelodge in Duke Street, Ipswich. Picture by Google Maps.

Shakila Ahmed, Travelodge Spokeswoman, said: “In 2021, following Freedom Day, we welcomed back millions of customers to our 582 UK Travelodge hotels.

"When it comes to why so many of our customers forget their treasured items, it is basically due to us all being time poor, juggling multiple tasks and being in a hurry to get from A to B. In the rush, valuable possessions are easily forgotten.”

The audit revealed a growing trend of wedding-related items being left behind by brides, grooms and wedding guests with a Vera Wang wedding dress and a pair of first class tickets to LA, which could have been a honeymoon destination for a couple, being forgotten at Ipswich's Duke Street Travelodge.

Other big day things left were a marriage certificate at Capel St Mary's Travelodge and a pair of diamond cufflinks left at the chain's Stowmarket site.

Also included on the list were a designer sketch book, a large collection of snow globes, a sewing machine, a set of Enid Blyton books, a dinghy and even a new Mercedes AMG E class car.

All items left behind in Travelodge hotels which are not been claimed within three months are donated the chain's nominated charity, the British Heart Foundation.