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A set designer who lost a 150-year-old wedding dress made by her great-grandmother is to be reunited with the antique treasure.

When the shop shut down and went bust, Tess and her husband Alfred were unable to trace the dress.

It was found "in a crumpled heap" at the closed shop and will be handed back to Tess on Monday after being held at the office of the lawyers dealing with the sequestration of the dry cleaning firm.

We received this letter this morning from the administrators, Wylie & Bisset, confirming that our dress was NOT in Kleen Cleaners.

It prompted an appeal on Facebook and national TV for help in finding the dress, which she wore at her own wedding in June 2016.

Tess told BBC News: "My parent's received a phone call this afternoon from the landlord of the property where the dry cleaners is, whose nephew had read about the dress".

A post by Mrs Newall, about the loss of her dress, was shared more than 200,000 times on social media.

"My parents went straight there and were just overjoyed and couldn't believe it was the dress, not cleaned, and still with its ticket".

It prompted the administrators to contact her saying it had been found by the shop landlord in a crumpled heap on the floor.

She had the top altered only slightly and was delighted with how the dress looked for the big day.

It followed the closure of Kleen Cleaners in St Mary Street, Edinburgh.

Tess fears the heirloom has been sold on, and has posted an appeal on Facebook in the hope of tracking it down. More family memories need to be woven into its threads.

She said: "My family can't thank you all enough for creating this frenzy which allowed us into the shop before it was cleared, and are over the moon to be nearly reunited with Dora's dress".

Tess said: 'The dress was one of the most special things about the day, it made it complete and I was overjoyed to have been able to wear such a attractive family heirloom.

In her Facebook appeal, she added: "I realise there are far greater issues in the world but it means the world to us".


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