Distressed bride launches a desperate bid to find antique wedding dress worn and made in 1870 by her great-great-grandmother, after it was 'SOLD by the dry cleaners as they went bust'
Tess Newall, 29, from Haddington, East Lothian, believes her great-great-grandmother's unique lace wedding gown, which was made around 1870, has been sold after her dry cleaners went out of business. Her desperate Facebook appeal (shown inset) has since been shared more than 15,000 times in a matter of hours as people around the world told her they would spread the word. The antique gown was made and first worn by Dora Torin, who married her hat-maker husband Ernest in Edinburgh, and was rediscovered by Tess in pristine condition in her 88-year-old grandmother's attic. Set designer Tess wore the antique gown at her wedding (pictured bottom left, middle and right) in a Scottish village church to Alfred Newall (shown top left), in June last year. Ironically the family had chosen to take the dress to Kleen Cleaners because they believed it would be in safe hands. However Tess's father Patrick Gammell, the Vice Lord-Lieutenant of East Lothian, discovered to his horror that Kleen Cleaners in Edinburgh, the oldest in the Scottish capital and holders of a Royal warrant, had gone into administration when he went to collect Tess's dress.