Diss resident praises selfless act of school pupil after she is reunited with prized possession

Megan O'Connell lost her eternity ring outside Diss Publishing but has since been reunited with it since an 11-year-old Diss Junior School pupil handed it in after finding it. ANL-150916-184833009
Megan O'Connell lost her eternity ring outside Diss Publishing but has since been reunited with it since an 11-year-old Diss Junior School pupil handed it in after finding it. ANL-150916-184833009

A gold and diamond ring marking a Diss resident’s move to the area more than three decades ago has been reunited with its grateful owner thanks to a young Diss Church of England Junior School pupil.

Megan O’Connell, of Hall Hills, admitted she did not hold much hope in finding the eternity ring which bought by her husband Dennis to commemorate their move from Barnet to Diss more than 30 years ago, after losing it outside Diss Publishing earlier this month.

Tyler Smith, 10, of Diss, who handed in a lost ring which has been reunited with its owner. ANL-150916-111444001

Tyler Smith, 10, of Diss, who handed in a lost ring which has been reunited with its owner. ANL-150916-111444001

Unaware of exactly where and when she had misplaced the ring, her search began.

But ten-year-old Tyler Smith, of Diss, found the piece of jewellery, crushed, outside of the store while skateboarding nearby, and subsequently handed it into the shop.

The ring is currently repaired by Mrs O’Connell said it will mean “even more” to her after its ordeal.

“The next day I picked up my ring and indeed it was badly crushed but I was overjoyed to hold it again and know where it was as I would of grieved and looked for it forever,”she said.

“I went to the school with a small reward for the lad. I was delighted that I was able to meet him and tell him how his honesty was so appreciated and how happy I was to get my ring back that I thought had gone forever and which meant so much to me.

“I told him he was an absolute credit to his mother and his school but mostly to himself. We don’t often praise our youngsters enough, but here in Diss we have a young hero.”

Proud dad Martin told the Diss Express he had no idea of his son’s story until the school contacted the family, saying Mrs O’Connell had visited to reward him.

“I’m massively proud,” he said.

“Probably the most intriguing thing to me is that we knew nothing about it. It was not something he came home and thought upon himself to say that he had done something out of the ordinary. He was not forced to do it or told to do it.”

Mrs O’Connell added: “That is why I made such a big thing of this boy, because I want him to grow up to know it is worth handing things in, and that there is a reward for honesty.”