Rupert ‘as good as new’ after travels
RUPERT The Bear has been returned to his owners after a Dutch holiday.
The scarecrow, which was on display in Rainow as part of the scarecrow festival, was snatched from outside the home of Susan and David Hadfield.
But after a Facebook campaign by the Express it was discovered he had been taken to Scotland, London then Holland by pranksters.Now he has come home, albeit a bit the worse for wear.
Susan said: “He was in bits and dirty when he arrived by parcel but David soon put him back together and now he’s as good as new. It was annoying when he was taken but then it got humorous.”
It is thought Rupert was found by a group motorists taking part in a rally of vintage Volvos across Europe called the Carbage Run.
Susan said: “They posted a picture of him on Facebook with loads of booze in his hand. They took him round the pubs in Glasgow for a few beers after picking him up at a campsite in Motherwell.”
Arriving back in pieces after his drunken detour, Rupert didn’t have much to say for himself. But after a few days sobering up he greeted wellwishers at Rainow Church Centre on Saturday.
Susan said: “We’re all really happy to have him back.”
●● Rupert has been reunited with his family. Pictured are James, Susan’s son, with his daughter Millie, inset, Rupert was given a wash before he was put back on display