Man found with false teeth he lost 11 years ago ‘vomiting in Benidorm bin’

A man has found his false teeth he lost while sick in a bin in Benidorm 11 years ago.

Paul Bishop was out partying in the east coast resort town of Spain when he lost his gnashers.

Spanish authorities are said to have found him using his DNA after his dentures were found in a landfill, reports the Manchester Evening News.

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The 63-year-old from Tameside in Greater Manchester says he was ‘stunned’ when his gnashers appeared in the letterbox at his home in Stalybridge yesterday.

Paul was drinking all day in the Spanish resort town with a group of friends in 2011 when he threw up outside a bar.



Benidorm in Spain

“It was my buddy’s 50th birthday and we had been out drinking since noon,” he explained.

“It was around 11 p.m. and I hadn’t eaten anything all day. We had plenty of beer, so I had a pint of cider instead.

“I had half of it left when my mates said we were moving on. I washed it in one but I could feel it coming back up.

“As we were leaving, I noticed that this big green bottle bin had knocked everything over.”



Paul Bishop was 'stunned' when his dentures arrived home in the mail eleven years after losing them
Paul Bishop was ‘stunned’ when his dentures arrived home in the mail eleven years after losing them

It wasn’t until Paul arrived at the next bar that he realized he was missing his best dentures.

He said: “One of the guys said ‘where are your teeth?’

“I realized it must be in the trash.

“We went back but there were hundreds of bottles in there.”

Paul searched in vain for his teeth and returned to look the next morning, but the bin had been emptied.

He was forced to spend the rest of the vacation without his best dentures.

“I had taken my Elvis costume and promised my friends that I would sing, so I had to do it without biting,” he explained.

“Everyone thought it was hilarious.”



Paul Bishop was on holiday with friends in 2011 in Benidorm when he lost his false teeth
Paul Bishop was on holiday with friends in 2011 in Benidorm when he lost his false teeth

After returning home, Paul spent £600 on a new set of dentures.

For him, that was the end of the matter.

So when a package from the Spanish authorities arrived in the post this week, Paul thought it was “a liquidation”.

But next to his teeth he says there was a letter addressed to ‘Senor Paul’, which said his teeth had been found and stored for ‘many years’ before a lab technician identified him. by DNA.

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The letter concluded: “I have great pleasure in returning, and I hope they find you well and I hope you return to visit Spain soon, but be more careful”.

“I couldn’t believe it,” Paul said.

“I was stunned. I changed my address 10 years ago.



Paul's missing gnashers
Paul’s missing gnashers

“Someone went out of their way to find me. They are in perfect condition and look brand new.

“Someone obviously took the time to scrub them.”

Although the false teeth no longer fit properly, Paul plans to exhibit them at the Ridge Hill Working Men’s Club, where he is general manager.

“I will keep them,” he said.

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