Meet the finder of the lost wedding rings

Toby Smith has used his metal detecting hobby to find people's lost wedding rings. Picture: Ella Wil

Toby Smith has used his metal detecting hobby to find people's lost wedding rings. Picture: Ella Wilkinson - Credit: Archant

Meet the man who will probably find your lost wedding ring.

Toby Smith has used his metal detecting hobby to find people's lost wedding rings. Picture: Ella Wil

Toby Smith has used his metal detecting hobby to find people's lost wedding rings. Picture: Ella Wilkinson - Credit: Archant

Metal detectorist Toby Smith has found four wedding rings and a silver cross in the last five years.

He's so well-known that he gets referrals on social media when someone needs his help.

He started metal detecting when his mother gave him his father's cheap model to use, before he bought a more expensive piece of equipment.

The 32-year-old, from Stalham, said: "I took up detecting because I really like history and Norfolk is the capital of ancient history finds in the country."

Toby Smith has found five lost wedding rings/ silver crosses. With the silver cross and its owner. P

Toby Smith has found five lost wedding rings/ silver crosses. With the silver cross and its owner. Pictures: Supplied by Toby Smith - Credit: Archant


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His latest find on Thursday, August 29 was on Cart Gap beach, near Happisburgh.

The self-employed roofer and father-of-three added: "When someone loses their wedding ring on the beach, I get called out. I've been detecting for so long, and word spreads like wildfire round here.

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"It normally only takes me about an hour to find the rings, but I don't have any secret.

"The hobby's so rewarding - five call-outs and five rings/crosses returned to date."

Toby Smith, far right, on Cart Gap beach, after his latest successful find. Picture: Toby Smith

Toby Smith, far right, on Cart Gap beach, after his latest successful find. Picture: Toby Smith - Credit: Archant

He said the first ring he found was in Sea Palling.

He added: "I was looking for coins with my metal detector on the beach. A woman had just dropped her ring, and I found it.

"The second was at Eccles-on-Sea. An elderly couple lost a wedding ring, when the man's fingers shrunk in the water and it fell off.

"The third was when a lady in Sea Palling lost her silver ring which had sentimental value.

Toby Smith has found five lost wedding rings/ silver crosses. With the silver cross and its owner. P

Toby Smith has found five lost wedding rings/ silver crosses. With the silver cross and its owner. Pictures: Supplied by Toby Smith - Credit: Archant

"And then, I saw a post on Facebook that a lady had lost a silver ring, near Sloley. I got hold of her daughter. The lady had lost it at a horse paddock as she had been thrown from a horse.

"The latest one, I got tagged in a Facebook post, so I went to Cart Gap beach."

Mr Smith said that, while the hobby was very rewarding, it could also be dangerous. He added: "I found a Second World War mortar bomb, which was safely disposed of by a bomb disposal team."

He has not made any money from his discoveries, which have also included medieval hammered silver crosses, and Roman and Saxon artefacts.

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