Return of the Rabbie
Stolen tribute turns up at cafe
A missing tribute t o Ay r s h i r e ’ s favourite son has been returned – two months after being nicked.
Callous thieves swiped the bust of Robert Burns from the popular Poet’s Corner cafe in January.
The Post told how gutted shop boss, Marna Ferguson, had even offered a reward for his safe comeback.
Now he’s pitched up on the doorstep more than 60 days after first going missing.
Stunned Marna, 41, said: “I couldn’t believe it.
“Someone’s conscience has obviously got the better of them and they left him sitting on our doorstep during the night.
“We’re delighted to have him back – he’d been missed by all of the staff and customers.”
We told in January how the statue had been stolen just yards from Burns Cottage on the eve of Rabbie’s birthday.
And shop chiefs launched an appeal for his safe return through the pages of the Post.
Marna added: “It was a real talking point in the shop when we appeared in the Ayrshire Post.
“Customers have been following the story of what happened, so it’s great to have a happy ending.”
Post columnist, Bob Shields, was among those to offer a helping hand during Rabbie’s absence.
The Twa Dugs chief gifted one of his own Rabbie statues, which has been sitting pride of place in the cafe ever since.
Homecoming The stolen Rabbie statue back where he belongs