Published: 08:37, 03 January 2019
| Updated: 08:55, 03 January 2019
Hotel lost property rooms across the country feature items from the glamorous to the downright strange.
Kent seems to be focussing on the latter, with a life-size cardboard cut-out of Gemma Collins among the items left behind in the county's Travelodge hotels.
The budget hotel chain has a dozen branches across the county, and boasts five of the strangest items to make its national lost and found audit for 2018.
The bizarre replica of Miss Collins, who shot to reality-star levels of fame for her part in The Only Way Is Essex, was found in Travelodge's Ashford hotel in Eureka Entertainment Park, Rutherford Road.
In Whitstable, one visitor left behind a room full of different coloured roses still in their vases.
A trumpet was left behind in Medway, while in Maidstone one guest decided to bring a garden table and chairs to the hotel, but forgot to take it home.
Perhaps most worrying was the discovery of a business agreement between two companies, which was left in a Chatham hotel last year.
Travelodge spokeswoman Shakila Ahmed said: "With nearly 19 million customers annually staying at our 557 UK hotels for a variety of reasons, we do get a range of fascinating items left behind.
"This year’s audit includes a brand new ice-cream van, a jilted groom, an amazing Technicolour Dream Coat, a five foot teddy bear made of popcorn.
"A blue eyed Cockatoo called Brexit and even a replica of Meghan Markle’s wedding dress.
“Interestingly as we have more business customers staying with us than ever before, we have seen a rise this year in important business papers, valuable items and lucky charms being left behind in our hotels.
"This includes a chest of semi-precious jewels, a rare bottle of vintage champagne, a Coutts cheque book and a 21 year old lucky penny belonging to a CEO.
"When it comes to why so many customers forget their treasured items, there is one common theme, and that’s living in a fast & furious world.
"Where time is off the essence especially when getting from A to B and therefore valuable possessions are easily being forgotten.”
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