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Hidden snapshots provide comfort for family of late Lanarkshire dad

A Lanarkshire family were shocked and overwhelmed to discover a social media post by a man who had found pictures of their late dad within a partition wall in his house.

Remarkably, the pictures were posted on World Mental Health Day – and the man in question, Duncan Chalmers, had taken his own life, aged 53, back in 2005.

The find, on such a poignant day, meant the world to Duncan’s grown up children – Maura, Maeve, Stephanie, Fiona, Merridy and Duncan.

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Homeowner John Robertson created the post on Facebook on Sunday in a bid to find out information on who the man in the photographs was and attempt to establish his whereabouts.

He discovered the snaps when he was carrying out some renovations in his St Bride’s Way home in Bothwell.

The Chalmers family had once lived in the property and believe their dad hid the pictures in the wall whien he was doing his own restoration to the home all those years ago.

Hidden snapshots provide comfort for family of late Lanarkshire dad
The photographs of Duncan Chalmers, who took his own life, were discovered in a Bothwell home and posted online on World Mental Health Day

John posted: “Interesting one this. I was stripping out our bathroom prior to fitting a new one. Upon removing a door frame and partition wall I found these photos hidden behind it.

“The position of the photos was such that they could only have been placed there deliberately during the build or a subsequent refurb of our property.

“I believe the partition wall and door frame to be original so assume they were hidden during the build.

“Any clues who the gentleman is/was? And was this done specifically to freak people like me out in later years?!”

Duncan’s stunned daughter Merridy, of Barbae Place, Bothwell, couldn’t believe her eyes when she spotted the post and believes the pictures were discovered on World Mental Health Day for a reason.

She said: “I was really overwhelmed but took great comfort from those photos being discovered on Sunday and what was World Mental Health Day as my dad took his own life back in 2005.

“It really lifted my spirits and I had so many messages from people saying what a wonderful find. It really made me smile and cheered me up. Thanks to John for posting the pictures on social media – I now have them with me and will always treasure them.”

John told Lanarkshire Live: “I lost my dad when I was 17, so I am well aware what an effect old photos can have on someone – they are like gold.

“I originally thought it must have been a builder back in the day having a laugh and leaving his pics behind but to find out the story behind Duncan was so poignant.

“It was also great to see so many positive comments about Merridy’s dad from people in the area who knew him, he seemed to be a bit of a joker and really well liked person.

“I was delighted to return them to the family.”




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