Search On For Woman After Club Finds Wallet From The 1980s

The wallet was found during recent renovation work

A wallet has been found at a Manchester nightclub, 30 years after it was lost and the club are trying to track down the owner to give it back to her.

The leather wallet was found behind a radiator whilst the Ritz club in Manchester’s city centre was being refurbished.

There are lots of items in the wallet and it’s a fascinating time capsule from that period which was brilliant time for Manchester and it’s music scene in particular with the Haçienda and more.


The woman who lost the wallet was Sarah Dale and would have been a teenager at the the time and has most likely married since, so it’s proving harder than first thought to track her down.

As well as her photo ID, which was no doubt used to gain entry to the club, there is a Cheshire Libraries and Museums card, a University of Manchester Whitworth Park Residents’ Association card from 1985/86, a Midland Bank card, and a payslip together with 12p in change.

The Ritz music venue in Manchester

The Ritz bar manager, Chris Mann said: “We were clearing out the other day because we’re having a refurb in the offices, and it had fallen down the back of a radiator – it must have been lodged there since god knows when.

“Inside, it has a library card, an old Midland Bank cash cheque card, about 12p in change, a hand-written invoice, a payslip with the name of the company she worked for and a photographic student ID with an address in Thelwall.

“She would maybe have been about 18 or 19 back then, so she might be in her early 50s now.

“It’s coming up to our 90th birthday but this wallet has been here for about 30 years, so we just figured it might be nice to reunite it with its owner. ‘We want to have a chat with them to find out more about what they were doing in the Ritz and whether they actually remember it.”

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