Scottish sleuth reunites Spanish family with lost photos

A SPANISH family have been reunited with their lost holiday photos thanks to the amateur detective skills of a Scottish student.

Twenty-two-year-old Barry Carruthers found a camera on Bath Street in Glasgow in December containing around 500 photographs of what was clearly a very happy family on holiday. The images on the memory card traced their holiday from Glasgow Central across to Ayr beach, the Edinburgh Festival and Loch Lomond, according to STV Glasgow.

Moved by the ‘sentimental value’ that Barry imagined the photos held, he took to social media sites to try and track down the unknown owners of the camera. He posted a selection of the photos on a Facebook site called ‘Scotland from the Roadside,’ and was overwhelmed by the amount of responses from fellow Good Samaritans around the world willing to help track down the family. Within hours of posting the photos, they had been shared thousands of times, as far afield as Dubai, Australia and Iceland.

Barry was finally able to get hold of the family when the manager of the Ibis Hotel in Edinburgh recognised the family and got in touch with the mother. “I have only spoken to the son of the family, but they are from the Cataluña area and the son studies in Barcelona,” Barry told STV Glasgow’s Riverside Show. “He is completely shocked. The guy from the hotel, Jamie, got in touch with the mum after seeing the photos on Facebook and she’s delighted.”

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