The love note Metro ticket
25 April 2018

A woman who found a 38-year-old Metro ticket with a love note penned across it has launched a campaign to reunite it with the rightful owner.

Vikki Scott found the sentimental Metro ticket, which was issued on 19 August 1980, while walking through Monument Metro station in the centre of Newcastle.

When the 25-year-old picked up the yellow ticket, which was lying face down on the floor, she was stunned to discover it was dated November 1982 and contained the words 'I love you xxx True 14/11/82'.

She took to Twitter in attempt to reunite the ticket, which cost just 19p at the time, with its owner.

Vikki, who works as a marketing assistant for the 02 Academy in Newcastle, said: 'I got off the metro at Monument and as I was walking towards Fenwicks through the metro station, I noticed it on the floor.

'It was face up so my initial reaction was "wow what a relic". I have a very keen eye for things like this and I have a box full of collected photographs at home that I've found over the years.

'As I was examining it I noticed the little love note on the back and I knew it clearly meant something to someone for them to keep it for 38 years.

'I looked into it and the ticket was issued 8 days after the metro system actually opened.

'I know people often keep little sentimental keepsakes in their purses and wallets so I think this could have fallen out when they were getting something out.

'I took a picture straight away and turned to the Metro Twitter in the hope they could help me reach more people in the hope of finding who it belongs to.'

Monument train station, where Vikki found the ticket, is used by ten million passengers a year and is one of the busiest Metro stations in the north.

Vikki, who lives in Byker, Newcastle, said: 'I know objects like this can hold so much sentiment, especially now in a digital age where everything is looked at through a phone or computer screen.

'This is a one of a kind object that no-one else can ever own. It clearly depicts the love between two people.

'I'm really happy with the interest it's had on Twitter. I feel that the internet can have such a huge voice and the public can use it to really come together to hopefully reach the owner.'

The old Edmondson-style tickets were used on the Tyne and Wear Metro between August 1980 and June 2013.

They were replaced with a new style when Nexus replaced the ticket machines as part of a modernisation scheme.

It is estimated that between 1980 and 2014, close to three quarters of a billion tickets like this were sold.

Customer Services Director at Nexus, Huw Lewis, said: 'It's truly amazing that this old Metro ticket has been found after all these years.

'It may have only cost 19p in 1980 but it's sentimental value today is simply priceless.

'We think it must be a treasured keepsake someone has accidentally dropped on their way through our busiest Metro station in Newcastle city centre.

'We retweeted this straight away. I just hope that it can re-united with its owner. We'd all love to know the story that lies behind it.'