A man from Hampshire discovered a 23-year-old alarm clock that still contains a final recording of his late mother.
Ed Morrish, 41, from Leeds, who now lives in Hampshire, rediscovered the watch while rummaging in his garage.
The audio and comedy producer tweeted, “When I went to college in 1998, my mom gave me an alarm clock that you could use to record your own alarm clock, and I told her to record it.
“I just found it and it still works. She died in 2006 and this is the only recording of her voice I have.”
The recording includes his mother Christine Morrish shouting, “Get up, Edward,” and it is the first time that Mr. Morrish’s two children, aged nine and eleven, have heard their late grandmother’s voice.
Mr Morrish said, “I wasn’t really shocked; I knew what it was as soon as I dug into the box, so I was just glad it still worked.
“Nice to be reminded of her voice and of course I laughed because it was so ridiculous for her to record.”
After the watch’s inventor shared a video on Twitter, he responded.
Tom Lawton said, “Oh my god! That’s amazing, Ed. This was my first invention, WakeYoo. I am so moved to hear this and hope you are fine. “
Mr Morrish said he had used the alarm clock throughout his time at the University of Manchester Science and Technology Institute and that he survived an additional two years in central London, eight years in Harrow and ten years in his current home in Hampshire.
“Nothing scares you like your mother,” he said, adding: “I can’t imagine that in 2004 my current wife no longer moved in.”
He said the family were moving things in the garage when they came across the two-decade-old clock.
“The batteries had done this weird thing that made them all go salty, but I took them out, scraped the contacts clean, put in new batteries – and my kids heard my mother’s voice for the first time,” he said.
Their reaction was “stunned”, he said and they asked, “That’s what she sounded like !?”
Mr. Morrish added, “It goes next to my bed so the kids can get my mother to do it when they want to wake me up.”