A suitcase thrown in a skip following a reclusive man's death was found to contain years of precious family history.
Evan Thomas was thought to be in his 70s or 80s when he died in March 2020 without any family at his side in hospital.
Evan lived in the Liverpool suburb of Mossley Hill and one of his neighbours, Ollie, uncovered the large collection of photos in a skip on Queensdale Road.
Ollie said he had barely spoken to Evan since he had moved to the area with his partner in February 2020.
The 30-year-old told the Liverpool Echo that when the first coronavirus lockdown came into force, he wanted to make sure his neighbours were okay.
Ollie said: "We posted a letter in to our elderly neighbours to see if they needed anything from the shops, stuff like that.
"One in particular, a guy called Evan Thomas, was a bit of a hermit crab. He very much kept himself to himself, so he didn't need any help.
"I'd only said hello to him once or twice and, bless him, he kind of growled at me - he very much did his own thing.
"It got to around March and one of the neighbours next to him had heard a scream coming from the door and they had to call the ambulance and the police.
"It turns out Evan had a fall, bless him, and he was taken to hospital. The next thing I know, a couple of weeks later, there are builders in his house throwing all his stuff in a skip - he'd unfortunately passed away.
"I asked the builders what's happened, and they said he passed away the night before alone in the hospital. The nurses did their best to give him company towards the end, but he was on his own in his final moments."
While talking to the builders, Ollie said he noticed a battered old suitcase they had thrown into the skip outside the house.
Ollie said: "It was a suitcase full of old photos and they go back about 100 years. It's a Welsh family's journey, they'd come from North Wales and moved to Liverpool.
"Our houses were built in the 1900s, and they'd been here from what looks like the very beginning.
"There's a picture of them in the alleyway, it's insane, it's like the lineage of a family of three generations and it's been in my house for the past couple of months.
“I've been speaking to my neighbour, Janet, who kind of knew Evan a little bit. She knew him the most out of the street but she only knew a handful of things about because he was just a hermit and he kept people at arm's length."
With the help from members of the Penny Lane Gossip Facebook group and his neighbours, Ollie has been able to find a bit more about his deceased neighbour.
It's believed Evan Thomas may have lost touch with a sister, niece and nephew (possibly called Tommy Williams) living in the Liverpool area following a family falling out.
Ollie said: "One lady on Penny Lane Gossip had looked him up on the internet and said from what she could tell on ancestry.com, it looks like the family had a post office in North Wales.
"I said yes, there's a photo of them all stood outside of a post office but the trail has gone cold at the moment.
"It's upsetting because it's a family's whole life. There's like invitations for weddings in there, there's Valentine's Day cards. There's maybe his sister's or his mother's music certificate, something like that.
"You can see the whole family journey moving from the post office in North Wales, coming to Liverpool and setting up shop.
"I mean Evan was a joiner, I'm not sure what his dad did, but I think he may have been one as well as there's pictures of him on a building site."
Ollie said even though he only saw Evan Thomas when he was an old man, he believes some of the photos in the collection are of him in his younger days.
He said he now wants to see the photographs back in the possession of a family member.
Ollie said: "There's a kind of Welsh and Liverpool history going on there - going where the work is and finding a new home."
He added: "It's strange to see your own city through the eyes of someone who's no longer with us."
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