A MAN has made a desperate appeal for the safe return of priceless photographs of his sister’s wedding.
They vanished on Saturday night after a champagne reception at the Constitutional Club in Lewes.
Devastated Luke Denny and his partner Emily Thomas were the official photographers for the occasion.
At the end of the evening their Canon 500d SLR camera and two lenses, all inside a small black rucksack-style bag, were left inside the entrance to the club.
It was just after midnight when Luke and Emily were saying goodnight to guests on the street. Only later did they remember they had left behind the camera and its precious 8GB memory card.
They returned to the Con Club – but found the High Street venue had closed for the night and was locked. The next morning they discovered the camera was no longer there.
Now Luke, a kite-surfing instructor, has offered a £150 reward for the return of the memory card, with or without the camera.
He said: “The camera has hopefully been picked up by an honest person who is wishing to return it.
“If this is not the case then hopefully they will find it in their heart to at least return the memory card that contains all the irreplaceable photographs from my sister’s wedding.”
Luke’s sister Rachel, of The Spinneys, Lewes, married Jonathan West in New York, a city the couple had always wanted to visit.
The reception was the ultimate celebration of their marriage, allowing more than 100 family and friends from all over the country to participate.
Luke, 31, who has put up appeal posters around Lewes, continued: “Rachel and Jonathan enjoyed the perfect champagne evening with wonderful food and the chance to see all their friends and relatives.
“I think we got pictures of everybody who attended, so it’s heart-breaking to think those images might be lost forever.”
He had no complaint against the Con Club. “It was a fantastic venue,” he said, “and they could not have been more helpful or sympathetic over the lost pictures.”
He added: “We are not wishing to involve the police and just want our photographs back. Someone must know something.”
Anyone with information can ring the Sussex Express on 01273 480601. The memory card can be returned, anonymously if necessary, to our offices on School Hill, Lewes. Alternatively, it can be posted to Sussex Express, 25/26 High Street, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 2LU.