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Woman anxious to recover top table heirloom

PUBLISHED: 11:45 25 September 2008 | UPDATED: 10:22 12 August 2010

A FAMILY heirloom sold by accident at a car boot sale is causing a family feud. Retired shop assistant Heidi Bidwell, 66, sold a glass top,

A FAMILY heirloom sold by accident at a car boot sale is causing a family feud.

Retired shop assistant Heidi Bidwell, 66, sold a glass top, carved wooded Chinese fold-down coffee table at Hayes Farm Boot Fayre about eight years ago which belonged to her mother, Aurora Salole.

But two years ago, her nephew, William Bidwell, 28, suddenly asked where it had gone, after he was promised he would inherit it.

Mrs Bidwell, from West Wickham, has since trawled newsagents in Coney Hall and Petts Wood placing postcard adverts in a desperate bid to get it back.

She said: "It would mean everything to me to get the table back. I should have been more careful. We just had so much stuff then. These things happen I suppose, but I regret it now.

"I do feel guilty about it. Children grow up and then they come out with these things. He said: 'nan promised me that round coffee table'. He's a bit annoyed. She used to give him his tea on it and it meant a lot to him. Each of the grandchildren has something to remember my mother by except William. He just wants something from her. They were close."

Mrs Bidwell visits the twice weekly Hayes Farm Boot Fayre each time it's on to put a placard on the gate asking for the owner to come forward.

William is currently travelling on a round-the-world trip and Mrs Bidwell believes it would make a great homecoming present for him if she can give him the table after all these years.

She said: "It would be brilliant if I could get it back for when he returns.

"I don't think anyone would be as stupid as me to sell it but it would mean such a lot to get it back. If anyone does have it, I'd just like to say please can I have it back?"

If anyone has any information about the table, please contact Mrs Bidwell on 0208 462 7306.

katherine.nelson@archant.co.uk

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