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Buried Beach Ball Found in Greece after 34 Years (photos)

Stephen and Lisa buried the ball in Malia, Greece in 1983

An Englishman who buried a beach ball on the Greek island of Crete 34 years ago has been tracked down with the help of social media this week.
Stephen Smallwood buried the ball, which had his name and address written on it, as a teenager in 1983 while in Malia with his then girlfriend Lisa Morley.
Mr Smallwood, who now lives in Eastbourne, said he was 18 years old and Lisa, now married and living in Cambridge, was 17 at the time of their first holiday together.
Stephen and Lisa buried the ball in Malia, Greece in 1983

“We just walked and bought something to play with and throw to each other in the sea,” said Mr Smallwood. “I suppose we thought, ‘We can’t take this home with us’ so decided to bury it. I’m not even sure whose writing it is, Lisa’s or mine.”
Dale Martin, who owns Scottish pub The Saltire Lounge in Malia, found the ball and posted it on Facebook in an attempt to find Stephen.
Dale Martin posted a photo of the ball on Facebook to track down its owner

Mr Martin said: “I found it back in 2009 while walking my dog after a massive winter storm literally washed all the beach away. It’s sat in my house ever since.
“My three-year-old boy David picked it up and asked ‘What’s this Daddy?’ I guessed maybe a father and son buried the ball on holiday like a time capsule. I didn’t want to throw it out.
Dale’s three-year-old stepson, who sparked the idea to trace the ball’s owner, with his mother Sereyrath and Cody the dog

“I can’t believe the Facebook post has nearly 5,000 shares.”
Mr Martin said he would make contact with Mr Smallwood and arrange to send him the ball if he wanted it.
(Source: Eastbourne Herald)

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