Mystery South Yorkshire photos are found in biscuit tin

One of seven unknown pictures found in a tin box and submitted by Mary Whitton
One of seven unknown pictures found in a tin box and submitted by Mary Whitton
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A SET of fascinating black and white photographs has been discovered at the bottom of a biscuit tin donated to charity in South Yorkshire.

The seven photos, including one of a man dressed in an old-style police uniform and another believed to show injured wartime soldiers, was given to St Margaret’s Church in Wincobank, Sheffield, to sell at a table-top sale.

The church holds a sale every Tuesday to raise cash for children in Africa. Volunteers who collect and sort donations said the tin containing the photos could have come from anywhere. There is a chance it may have originally been donated to Shiloh in Rotherham - a Christian charity which helps homeless and poverty-struck adults in the town as well as people in transition trying to make new lives for themselves.

Shiloh, which provides a place of sanctuary for those in need - offering food, washing, showering and laundry facilities - opens its centre on Westgate in the town centre three days a week and regularly shares its donations with other good causes.

Mary Whitton, who opened the Sunlight biscuit tin, said she would love to reunite the photos with a local family and find out a bit more about the people in them.

She said the same man appears in most, with pictures of him as in a police uniform as well as seemingly being presented with a gift at work, possibly to mark his retirement.

One of the photos shows three injured men in hospital, with Mary believing it may have been taken during war-time.

“I would love to hand these back to the family they belong to and to find out who the pictures are of - they are fascinating,” she said.

n Anyone who recognises the photos should call Mary on 0114 261 9947.