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5th Jul, 2022

Excuse me, you've forgotten your rubber ducks!

A COLLECTION of rubber ducks and 12 rolls of Versace wallpaper – just a couple of things left behind by guests at Stratford Upon Avon Travelodge last year.

But they were far from the most unusual items forgotten by guests of the budget hotel chain during 2021.

Some of the interesting finds include a suitcase full of Blackpool rock, left behind by a guest from the Scottish Highlands at Blackpool South Promenade Travelodge, a large jar labelled ‘Brighton Sea Air’ at Brighton Seafront Travelodge and a dress made out of postcards at Bournemouth Seafront Travelodge.

The housekeeping team at Rhyl Seafront Travelodge were also pleasantly surprised when they entered room 13 to be greeted by a huge inflatable unicorn pool float sitting on the bed, while a Newcastle customer had to arrange for a courier to pick up his inflatable banana boat that he forgot to pack whilst staying at Newquay Seafront Travelodge.

The 2021 Travelodge Lost & Found audit has also revealed a growing trend of wedding-related items being left behind by brides, grooms and wedding guests across the company’s 582 UK hotels.

A newlywed couple staying at Birmingham Airport Travelodge were in such a rush to get to the airport to catch their honeymoon flight to Dubai that they left behind their Nikah Nama, their Islamic marriage certificate.

A bridesmaid staying at Liverpool Exchange Street Travelodge had the important job of bringing the bride’s pet lovebirds, Will & Kate, to the ceremony which she forgot, due to being too focused on her ‘bad hair day’. Luckily, the hotel manager managed to get Will & Kate to the wedding on time for the ceremony.

A forgetful groom staying at Edinburgh Central Travelodge PLUS was in deep trouble with his new bride when he forgot to bring the bespoke 5ft wedding cake piñata to the wedding reception. Luckily, the hotel team, who love a challenge, stepped in and got the wedding cake piñata to the reception in time for the cake-cutting ceremony!

At York Central Travelodge, the hotel manager had to go on a special mission to reunite a bride with her Jimmy Choo Cinderella shoe that she forgot to take to her wedding reception. The bride left the hotel wearing wedding sneakers and only realised that she had left her right foot Cinderella shoe behind at the hotel when she had to change shoes for the wedding ceremony.

Beloved pets still remain a firm favourite on the Travelodge Lost & Found inventory report. The 2021 audit includes a cute Pomsky dog called Beyoncé being left behind at Manchester Central Travelodge. Beyoncé’s owner thought her sister had put Beyoncé into her car seat and they only realised when they were 50 miles into their journey back to their home in Leamington.

And the owner of a miniature horse called Red Rum was beside herself when she got home and realised that she had forgotten her horsebox at Cockermouth Travelodge car park housing Red Rum.

Shakila Ahmed, Travelodge Spokeswoman said: “In 2021, following Freedom Day, we welcomed back millions of customers. This led to a range of interesting

items being left behind by our customers across our UK hotels.

“When it comes to why so many of our customers forget their treasured items,

it’s basically due to us all being time poor, juggling multiple tasks and being in a

hurry to get from A to B. In the rush, valuable possessions are easily forgotten.”

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