Grandfather Jerry Dwyer got more than he bargained for while revamping his new shop.
Gala dinner invitations dating back to 1898 fell from the ceiling of his new shop in Kirkstall during a renovation project to uncover the building’s historic features.
And the cycling enthusiast was delighted to discover the invites were to attend New Wortley Cycling Club’s New Year’s Eve party.
Jerry, 65, is now looking for historians who can help him piece together how the invitations came to be in the false ceiling of Star Fabrics, on Kirkstall Road.
The grandfather-of-four, who lives in West Park, Leeds, is also looking for more information about New Wortley Cycle Club.
He said: “It’s fabulous because they are part of the city’s history.
“First and foremost though I want to find out why they were up there in the ceiling.”
Jerry, who has owned the family-run business for the last 14 years, is trying to find out more about what his new upholstery restoration shop used to be.
He said he believed the single unit was previously five units and he believes one of them used to be a garage.
Jerry also believes that the building could date back to the 1880’s and he is hoping that someone will tell him more about the building’s past.
But Jerry is no stranger to discovering unusual items in his properties.
While the family were restoring another business premises on Burley Road they came across dozens of brochures dating back to the 1930’s celebrating the history of bike company Raleigh in a cellar.
Jerry is now looking to see whether any local collectors, cycling clubs or museums would be interested in showcasing his discoveries.
He said: “We didn’t know who to contact so we are hoping that the Yorkshire Evening Post will be able to help.
“If I keep them then they will just end up getting lost in the system.
“I would love to give them to a museum so that people could look at them.”
Jerry is now hoping that the new shop will be running within a few months after their renovations are completed.
He has since removed the false ceiling in the building to uncover wooden beams and original features.
But he is ruling out any more unusual discoveries in the building.
He joked: “I don’t think we will find anything else now.
“I was hoping that it would have a cellar.”