A WOMAN who wears a pair of odd shoes was helped by two good Samaritans to find her missing footwear in Solihull.
After visiting the town centre, Rita Probert and her husband Don decided to visit Tudor Grange Park for a picnic.
Sixty-eight-year old Rita from Bills Lane, Shirley, has had to have numerous operations on her feet due to arthritis and has lost two inches on one, meaning she wears a size six on one foot and a size four on the other.
“By the time we had the picnic my feet were on fire and I changed into my surgical boots,” she said.
“We had a lovely time and decided to buy an ice-cream from the ice-cream van. At that moment one of my shoes must have fallen out of my husband’s scooter.
“It was such a bother to get those shoes together to get a matching pair, my feet are very wide. I have to buy two pairs of shoes each time and I had those widened for a couple of weeks.
“That was the first time that I had walked on them and when I got home I couldn’t believe one was missing.
“I got a bus back, thinking the ice cream man might have seen it and he said ‘Oh yes, there’s a shoe over there in the bin.’
“Another lady helped me look and when the ice cream man was finished serving his customers he had one of those hand grabbers and we found it straight away.
“I could have kissed him.”
Rita, who has two children, two step-sons and nine grandchildren, had more good fortune on the way home.
Almost missing her connecting bus, she banged on the door and the driver let her onboard.
“Two good Samaritans in one day,” she said.
“I’m just so pleased. My husband was very ill for three years.
“I had to put off three operations so by the time I had it done, I was a lot worse. I was in a cast for 14 months and I had crutches. I’m so pleased I can walk again and I have my life back. It’s wonderful and I can’t tell you how pleased I am.”