Glyn Jones dearly misses his late mum Doreen Lily but it cheered him up every time he switched on the sat nav for a road trip as his mum recorded all the directions shortly before her death.
So Glyn is understandably ‘gutted’ after visiting Chester with wife Ann to attend a wedding only to suffer their car being broken into with no sign of the Tom Tom that meant so much.
The Macclesfield couple arrived in Chester on Friday (April 29) – the evening before the special day – and went for a meal with friends at The Wheatsheaf in Mollington close to the wedding reception at Kings Acre, Saughall, with the actual ceremony taking place at Great Budworth.
When one of the friends went outside for a cigarette they noticed the Jones’ Mitsubishi Shogun had been broken into in the pub car park.
Glyn explained: “It’s not just a sat nav to me. When my mum was dying we spent an afternoon laughing together and she re-recorded all the voice commands on the sat nav so when we were going somewhere new I would turn it on and mum would take us there!
“This is irreplaceable and I’m truly gutted. It’s a widescreen Tom Tom, old style, in a covering, silicone sleeve with a screen protector. It was in a black hinged zip up case that held the sat nav and the charger. The memory card would probably have the voice commands on it
“I’m not expecting to get it back but if anyone sees something for sale or you know where it is, contact me, no questions asked. I really would like to hear my mum again.”
Glyn, whose mum passed away four years ago aged 80, said his loved one was ‘always happy’ and ‘a real character’ which was reflected in the sat nav recordings. After speaking into the microphone several times, his mum got to the point where she jokingly recorded the ‘you have reached your destination’ message as: “Thank God, you’ve got there!”
Glyn and Ann had decided to make a mini-break out of their wedding trip to Chester and stayed in the caravan Glyn inherited from his late father.
He isn’t sure whether the sat nav went missing as a result of the car break-in, as nothing else was taken, or during the confusion of taking everything into the pub to clear up the shattered glass.
“All we know is it’s gone,” he added, stressing that The Wheatsheaf had done everything they could including checking the CCTV. Cheshire Police have also been alerted.
Anyone who knows the whereabouts of the sat nav or memory card can contact Glyn on O7736 278213.