A LOCHGELLY man was left gobsmacked after he was reunited with his wallet - 17 years after it was stolen in a pub.

Ryan Seymour, 37, never thought he'd see his wallet again after a trip to the Elizabethan in Dunfermline in 2004 until Fife police contacted him on Facebook to say the item had been found in a bush and handed in.

The find has provided a lot of amusement for the graphic designer, who has caused quite a fuss on Twitter by revealing some of the "relics of the past" that many have remembered fondly.

Inside his wallet was a VHS home rental card, a card for buying ringtones and a Bank of Scotland employee ID of a 20-year-old Ryan.

There was also a store card for Burton, the clothing firm that went into administration last year and a Switch debit card, which was discontinued more than a decade ago.

The Lochgelly native told the Times: "To say it caught me off guard is an understatement.

"That time in my life feels like a lifetime ago. The wallet just shows not only how much has changed in my life but also the world.

"The police managed to track me down on Facebook messenger and I thought they must have the wrong person.

"I have to say I was really impressed because I didn't know how they would find me when I've changed address quite a few times since then.

"But I guess we have a little thing called Google now."

Ryan worked in Dunfermline at the time and would often go out to pubs in the town.

He said: "Although it was 17 years ago, I remember the night my wallet was stolen clearly.

"I went to play a few games of pool with a friend and when I went to the toilet, I put my wallet down but then left without it.

"I quickly realised what I had done and I went back to the toilets a matter of seconds later but it was gone.

"The person who nicked it must have taken out the cash and chucked it in a bush.

"So, unfortunately, there was no money but I don't think it would be legal tender now if it was there."

Life has changed dramatically for Ryan since 2004. He is now married with a two-year-old and admitted some of the cards in his wallet are so old that he can't really remember what they were for.

"I have had a good chuckle going through it," he added.

"I don't know what the ringtones card is about and that stuff is just totally irrelevant now.

"One of the fun things is that I've had a lot of interaction on Twitter from people who have similar stories but none of them said it had been quite as long as 17 years for their wallet to turn up.

"When I picked it up, even the police sergeant said he had never seen anything like this in 30 years of working.

"Life is very different now with a daughter, back then it was all about partying."