‘Lost’ scare­crow Ru­pert on Euro­pean rally jaunt

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

AS C A R E C R OW be­lieved to be ‘kid­napped’ by pranksters has been found hun­dreds of miles away in Hol­land.

Su­san Had­field and her part­ner David Nixon spent weeks cre­at­ing a scare­crow Ru­pert the Bear.

The eye catch­ing-replica was one of 70 en­tries in Rainow Church fete’s an­nual com­pe­ti­tion.

But the fam­ily were left dev­as­tated af­ter it was taken from out­side their home on Bux­ton New Road.

Friends launched a so­cial media cam­paign for Ru­pert’s safe re­turn.

He was even­tu­ally traced to Aberdeen, where he had been found by a group of Dutch mo­torists tak­ing part in a rally of vintage Volvos across Europe called the Carbage Run.

Ru­pert is now in Hol­land and will be sent home by courier.

Su­san, 50, said: “A lot of time and ef­fort went into mak­ing Ru­pert and my grand­daugh­ter Mil­lie loves it. So when he was first taken I was fu­ri­ous.

“Af­ter the story ap­peared on the Mac­cles­field Ex­press web­site it got a lot of at­ten­tion and a cam­paign to re­turn Ru­pert was started. It was amaz­ing.

“Even­tu­ally the guys from the rally got in touch and said they had found it at one of their camp­sites. No one was claim­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity, but it’s ob­vi­ous some­one picked Ru­pert up af­ter driv­ing past the house on their way up to Aberdeen.

“Over the fol­low­ing few days he went to Scot­land, then back down to Lon- don and over the Chan­nel to Hol­land. They sent pic­tures of Ru­pert hav­ing a great time on their rally. He was like their mas­cot. It all be­came quite funny.

“The guys have promised to send Ru­pert back by courier, so we are keep­ing our fin­gers crossed that hap­pens on Wed­nes­day.”

Ru­pert was one of 70 scare­crows en­tered in the com­pe­ti­tion un­der the theme chil­dren’s char­ac­ters.

The Child­catcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Thun­der­birds, Sponge­bob Squarepants, the Wiz­ard of Oz and the Hun­gry Cater­pil­lar all ap­peared on drive­ways, gar­dens and rooftops in the vil­lage.

Other en­tries in­clude Peter Rab­bit, Lit­tle Red Rid­ing Hood, Post­man Pat and a Min­ion from the film De­spi­ca­ble Me.

Su­san said: “We have en­tered the com­pe­ti­tion since it started 12 years ago. “We re­ally en­joy it. “We chose Ru­pert be­cause David has a lot of vintage Ru­pert an­nu­als.” ●● SCARE­CROW pic­ture spe­cial: see page 27.

●● Su­san Had­field and grand­daugh­ter Mil­lie with Ru­pert be­fore he dis­ap­peared from out­side their home in Rainow and a pic­ture sent to the fam­ily show­ing Ru­pert on his trav­els (inset left)

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