In a bizarre case, Hilda Farmer, 79, and her partner Emmanuel Elliot, 89 spent almost a week desperately trying to remember where they had left their Ford Fiesta.
Being unable to recall where they had parked their car soon led to a social media search, with even police and traffic wardens on the hunt.
It turns out that the elderly couple had travelled ten miles from Gloucester to Cheltenham General Hospital last Friday and finding the hospital’s car park full, Farmer dropped off Elliot for his appointment and went in search of a space elsewhere.
The retired psychiatric nurse found a pay and display bay and then spent half an hour walking back to the hospital.
Unfortunately, the great-grandmother forgot where she had parked her silver Fiesta during her walk back.
Days of searching, assisted by her daughter, son and grandchild yielded nothing.
Having been forced to use their bicycles instead as transport, the couple offered a £100 reward, and their plea went viral online.
The couple was finally reunited with the vehicle when it was discovered by builder Martin Tyler in a car park half a mile from the hospital.
The car has picked up three parking tickets. But the local authority say these will be looked on ‘sympathetically’ in an appeals process.