Online campaign returns lost snaps

19 February 2013 09:37

A social media campaign helped return a lost memory card containing more than 300 holiday photographs to two English backpackers

A social media campaign helped return a lost memory card containing more than 300 holiday photographs to two English backpackers

A social media campaign has seen a series of holiday snaps returned to their rightful owners. Two travellers from Suffolk who spent three months backpacking around Europe last year lost a memory card containing more than 300 photographs in Amsterdam. The two women - Catriona Bowman and Emily Fazah - had been devastated to find the card had gone missing when they replaced it with a new one in a Dutch bar.

The card included images of time they spent staying with a pal in Biarritz, enjoying a Jazz festival in San Sebastian and sightseeing in Amsterdam and while travel insurance covers many things lost on holiday, it cannot replace memories. But these backpackers were in luck as Peter van Leeuwen, the boss at an advertising agency, found the memory card at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport. After looking through the images for clues to the identity of the memory card's owner, he decided to post some of the pictures online in a YouTube video to see if he could track them down.

His social media campaign eventually reached a pal of Catriona's who let her know her photographs had been found. Emily said they had both been delighted the card had been found. Mr van Lueewen said he had considered handing it in to the airport's lost property service but decided it would be quicker and easier to find the card's owners through YouTube and Facebook.

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