As the 2016 party season approaches, Young’s has revealed some of the most bizarre mislaid items in its catalogue of lost property.

A survey of 170 Young’s Pubs and Geronimo Inns found that some of the strange items left behind in the excitement of last year’s Christmas party season included a stuffed otter, a prosthetic leg and a signed copy of Paul Daniels' autobiography.

While the list features many of the everyday essentials we can’t live without – phones, house keys, train tickets and bank cards – some of the more unusual finds have also included a set of false teeth and an £8,000 professional camera.

Among other leftovers found by pub staff were a police officer’s CID badge, a child’s pram, full bottles of champagne and a gold designer watch.

Staff at The White Horse, in the City of London, discovered a watch and bag worth £1,000 after a party last year - both were reunited with their rightful owners. 

At the Hollywood Arms in Chelsea, a forgetful regular bought his elderly Jack Russell dog to the pub for a party and forgot to take him home at the end of the night.

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Giovanni Pilla, pub manager at the Hollywood Arms, said: “We see this dog in the pub fairly often, he’s always by his owner’s side.

“While the owner was indulging in one or two festive tipples, Benson found a spot under the booths and fell asleep and only reappeared when staff were cleaning – he was given a bed for the night and reunited with his owner the next day.”

Emma Dickinson, events manager for Young’s, said: “It’s truly remarkable to read the list of lost items from last year’s Christmas parties, particularly those items that are valuable, sentimental or just simply bizarre.

“With this year’s Christmas party bookings looking stronger than ever, I have no doubt we will see even more of the quirky and peculiar.”

Top ten most common items found at Young’s Pubs and Geronimo Inns

  1. Bank cards
  2. Mobile phones
  3. Keys
  4. Glasses
  5. Train tickets
  6. Passports
  7. Umbrellas
  8. Coats/jackets
  9. Shoes
  10. Bottles of champagne

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