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Watch: Asda worker finds 71-year-old love letter

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A "cherished" love letter from a woman to her World War Two sweetheart has been discovered in a supermarket's lost property box.

It was found by checkout operator Stacey Adamson at Asda's store in Leigh, Greater Manchester.

The letter was sent by "Dorothy" to leading aircraftman "Harry" Hughes in Ceylon - now Sri Lanka - in 1945.

Ms Adamson is now trying to trace the couple, saying she wants to reunite them with the "clearly cherished" note.

Dorothy writes of life back home and how they would get married after the war.

She also mentions that "today is election day", suggesting her note was written on 5 July 1945 - a theory backed up by the 6 July postmark.

Ms Adamson said she had been clearing the lost property box when she spotted a crumpled envelope.

It just caught my eye... because you could tell it was really old. It was very difficult to read because the handwriting is more like a scrawl.

– Stacey Adamson

Gleaning information from the letter, Ms Adamson was able to find footage of LAC Hughes that had been put online by the North West Film Archive as part of Calling Blighty, a project aimed at identifying servicemen who had been captured in 12 films.

The films, made between 1944 and 1946, are recordings of mostly servicemen - with a few women - captured for their families to see in local cinemas back in the United Kingdom.

Ms Adamson posted the letter, along with the footage, on Facebook, but while it has been shared by many users, no-one has yet come forward to identify it.

Her colleague Gwen Appleton asked anyone with information to get in touch, adding:

We're very keen to find out the story behind this letter.

– Gwen Appleton