Editor’s comment: Most dream of stumbling on a rare item

PUBLISHED: 10:16 02 May 2017 | UPDATED: 10:17 02 May 2017


The flag is thought to be one of most important recent discoveries

Fans of Bargain Hunt and Antiques Roadshow and those who trawl car boot sales in the hope of unearthing a hidden treasure which will make them rich, will be fascinated by – and a little envious of – father and son Gary and Luke Lawrence’s discovery.

The pair from Collier Row bought a box of items at an auction in America and found fragments of a very old Union Flag.

When they pieced them together they realised it was a rare flag from the Battle of Waterloo.

And it could be rarer even than a Battle of Trafalgar flag which sold for £300,000.

Most of us dream of stumbling on some rare and valuable object.

It’s what drives those who scour open land with metal detectors, or sort through junk shops and house clearance sales.

And just when we’ve given up hope that we will ever be that lucky, we hear about people like the Lawrences and it renews our hope.

So if anyone does get an unexpected windfall, perhaps they would consider giving some of it to Michelle Cook to help her pay for a headstone for her brother’s grave.

Michelle has been trying for 27 years to give her teenage brother Daren the dignity of a gravestone after his accidental death at the age of 18.

Having endured a difficult childhood and now being the carer for her disabled son, she has been unable to find the £1,400 to pay for the stone.

Now she has set up a crowdfunding page to raise the money. Those who contribute will be able to see where their cash has gone once the headstone is erected in Romford Cemetery.

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