A hotel chain has revealed some of the more unusual items which were left behind at its Brighton branch in 2018.
Items appearing in Travelodge Brighton's lost and found office included a blue-eyed cockatoo called Brexit, a singing four-foot Elvis teddy bear, a new Apple watch and a letter from the Queen.
The list was revealed as the chain listed some of the more interesting items left behind in its 557 UK hotels during the last 12 months.
One animal lover staying at Brighton Seafront Travelodge for a summer break left behind their cockatoo called Brexit.
But they weren't the only forgetful pet owner. One fashionista forgot her three butterfly tail fish called Kim, Kourtney and Khloe who travel with her as they inspire her fashion designs at London Covent Garden Travelodge.
And a royal enthusiast from Houston, USA staying at the company’s London City Travelodge had to make a return journey from Heathrow airport and purchase a new plane ticket when she left behind her treasured Megan Markle replica wedding dress.
Shakila Ahmed, Travelodge spokeswoman, said: “With nearly 19 million customers annually staying at our 557 UK hotels for a variety of reasons, we do get a range of fascinating items left behind. This year’s audit includes: a brand new ice-cream van, a jilted groom, an amazing Technicolour Dream Coat, a 5ft teddy bear made of popcorn. a blue eyed cockatoo called Brexit and even a replica of Megan Markel’s wedding dress.
“Interestingly as we have more business customers staying with us than ever before, we have seen a rise this year in important business papers, valuable items and lucky charms being left behind in our hotels. This includes a chest of semi-precious jewels, a rare bottle of vintage champagne, a Coutts cheque book and a 21-year-old lucky penny belonging to a CEO.
"When it comes to why so many customers forget their treasured items, there is one common theme, and that’s living in a fast and furious world. Where time is off the essence especially when getting from A to B and therefore valuable possessions are easily being forgotten.”
All items left behind in Travelodge hotels which have not been claimed within three months, are donated to local British Heart Foundation Charity Shops, Travelodge’s Charity Partner.