Re­turn of the Rab­bie

Stolen trib­ute turns up at cafe

Ayrshire Post - - Bob Shields - Stu­art Wil­son

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

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