Most pub-goers will know that sinking feeling when you realise you have left your wallet or a favourite pair of sunglasses behind.
But one pub in Leith has raised the bar on the bizarre world of lost and found, after admitting forgetful drinkers had abandoned everything from an inflatable dinghy to a bra and a bag full of toilet rolls in the past year.
The Port O’Leith pub in Constitution Street has announced its Christmas clear- out in an attempt to reunite careless drinkers with some of their missing possessions.
Among the lost and found items they are trying to re-home are two rolls of wrapping birthday paper, a Cheryl Cole autobiography and a paint-splattered checked workman’s shirt.
Also in the mix were dozens of jackets, coats and scarves and an unidentifiable garment which the bar said appeared to resemble an extremely wide pair of knickers – or possibly “a short sleeved top for someone without a head”.
The motley collection of items has now been released on the pub’s Facebook page and already they have had some success, with both the wrapping paper and the inflatable dinghy being reunited with their rightful owners.
Barmaid Tina Mason said: “We’ve certainly had some strange stuff handed in to us over the years. Every now and then we try and get stuff back to people.
“A lot of time the things aren’t claimed and we end up giving them to charity shops and things like that.
“We have what’s called a Mr Benn cupboard where people can get changed if we’re having fancy dress parties – in there we have a big old fashioned bin that we put all of the lost property in to.”
The Port O’Leith, which was recently the subject of a documentary by filmmaker Rory Stewart, is renowned for its close-knit regulars.
There have been past appeals for the owner of an abandoned shovel, a mysterious pair of pyjamas – worn once and looking for a new home.
And one patron managed to leave the pub without their false teeth.
Tina said: “Some of the things do belong to regulars and people will recognise them but a lot of stuff has been left by random customers on a drunken night out.
“I’ve worked in a few different pubs in London and Edinburgh, but I’ve never come across so much lost property as you find in the Port O’Leith.”
She added: “But years ago you didn’t have Facebook, so trying to get stuff back to people was pretty much impossible.”