Oban Times’ a-peal gets Teresa’s bell back

Teresa Russell rings out the bell that has re-appeared on her doorstep after it went missing.

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A school bell has been returned to its grateful owner after an a-peal went out in The Oban Times.

Teresa Russell was heartbroken when the brass bell she used to clap for carers suddenly went missing from outside her home in Nant Drive.

Weeks after its mystery disappearance, the bell had now suddenly reappeared  on her doorstep.

‘There was no note, no explanation of where it had been, but who cares, I got it back,’ said Teresa who has been shielding from Covid since February.

The bell from St Columba’s Primary School with its oak handle had huge sentimental value for Teresa who was given it as a gift when she helped the head teacher move to the new building and it was going to be replaced with a push-button version.

‘I’m thinking it was a prank. Someone must have recognised it from the story in The Oban Times and brought it back.

‘I’m keeping it indoors from now on so I can keep it safe,’ she said.

Teresa, who was a volunteer meet and greeter at the hospital in Oban until the virus outbreak, was involved in a serious road accident a number of years ago and said the NHS saved her life, so ringing the bell at Clap For Carers had special poignancy for her.

‘Thank you Oban Times for helping get my bell back,’ she added.