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A woman unexpectedly discovered her lost cassette after 26 years

A Woman Unexpectedly Discovered Her Lost Cassette After 26 Years

A woman, who lost a cassette during a holiday with her family, unexpectedly found it at an art exhibition in Sweden 26 years later.

A Woman Unexpectedly Discovered Her Lost Cassette After 26 Years 1

Stella Wedell was just 12 when her homemade cassette – featuring hits by Shaggy, UB40 and the Pet Shop Boys – was lost in either the Costa Brava or Majorca.

She was convinced she would never see it again, but almost 25 years later the tape was discovered.

In 2017, the cassette drifted more than 1,200 miles into a beach in the Canaray Islands and miraculously it still worked.

Photographer Mandy Barker, from Leeds, is known as a professional marine photographer and currently manages an exhibition about plastic pollution.

She accidentally found the tape on a beach in Fuerteventura and sent it to a professional audio restorer, who was startled to realize that the tape was still active and made a sound.

A Woman Unexpectedly Discovered Her Lost Cassette After 26 Years 2

Interested in the tape, Mandy decided to display the tape as well as a full tracklisting at her own exhibition Sea Of Artefacts.

Last summer, the exhibition made its way to Stockholm, where Stella, from Berlin, happened to be visiting on a holiday tour of Scandinavia.

She noticed the track listing with the tape and something jogged her memory. Unbelievably, she realised the cassette was hers.

A Woman Unexpectedly Discovered Her Lost Cassette After 26 Years 3

Stella said: ‘When I was reading the track list, it seemed very familiar to me. ‘So I took a picture of it and compared it with the original CD from 1993, which I still have – and it was exactly the same tracklist, but starting with track three.

‘I remember that I didn’t like the first two songs. I always made tapes from my CDs at this time to listen to them with my Walkman.’

Stella emailed Mandy, who said: ‘It was an astounding chance for Stella to walk into my exhibition and recognise her tape.’ The tape will continue touring as part of the exhibition, before being returned to Stella.


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