A SANDWICH shop owner is thanking her lucky stars after an honest cleaner found and returned £1,500 she had dropped in the street.
Donna Hall, who owns Rumbletums on Whalley Road, Clayton-le-Moors, was rushing to work on Monday when she dropped her banking bag containing the large sum of cash.
Unaware of her blunder, she opened her shop as normal and tackled the morning rush but when she later went to collect her things she realised the bag was missing.
While retracing her steps Donna bumped into Clayton’s popular street cleaner, Paddy McLaughlin, on his daily rounds.
Donna said: "I was busy searching for the bag around my car when I saw Paddy.
"He noticed that I was looking for something and came over to ask me if he could help.
"He asked me to describe what I had lost and when I told him he handed it over and told me he was going to take it to the police station when he finished his shift.
"I am really grateful to him because that sort of money is make or break for a small business.
"He really does deserve recognition because how many people do you know that would have done the same in that situation?"
Paddy, 65, of Cumberland Avenue, Clayton-le-Moors, has worked as a street cleaner in the town for 19 years.
He said: "I have never seen that much money before. I couldn’t believe someone had dropped it.
"As soon as I saw Donna looking for something I knew it must have been hers.
"My generation was brought up to do the honest thing. I just couldn’t have stolen it from her."
Hyndburn Council’s deputy leader and Cabinet holder for enviromental protection, Councillor Peter Clarke, said: "Paddy is an irreplaceable asset for the people of Clayton-le-Moors.
"I bet that young lady thought it was her birthday when he handed back that large sum of cash because she would have thought it was gone forever.
"Well done Paddy."