Papst ap­peals for bag’s re­turn

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Long-time Wim­mera mu­si­cian and en­ter­tainer Don Papst, 86, has ap­pealed for the re­turn of his mu­sic bag and the life-long col­lec­tion of sheet mu­sic it con­tained.

Mr Papst, who has played dance mu­sic for most of his life, much of it as a vol­un­teer or for char­ity, is des­per­ate for the bag’s re­turn.

The per­former’s bag, con­tain­ing a col­lec­tion of mu­sic played at balls, old-time dances and var­i­ous events for the past 60 years, as well as elec­tronic ca­bles, went miss­ing while he was pack­ing up his car af­ter a dance late on a Fri­day night.

The theft oc­curred in the car park at Horsham’s Hamil­ton Lamb Hall while Mr Papst had gone from his car to the hall to col­lect equip­ment.

Apart from sheet mu­sic and mis­cel­la­neous ca­bles, the bag also in­cluded mu­sic handed down to Mr Papst from his mu­si­cian fa­ther Billy Papst.

Mr Papst’s fam­ily mem­bers said he had been dev­as­tated by the loss. His son Trevor said the fam­ily was des­per­ately ap­peal­ing for help or for the items to be re­turned.

“Need­less to say, Don is shat­tered with the loss of this pre­cious col­lec­tion and we all ques­tion what would some­one ever want with this bag of mu­sic. We’re do­ing what we can to have this very sen­ti­men­tal bag re­cov­ered for him,” he said.

“With­out that mu­sic he can’t per­form prop­erly at all the rest homes, mar­kets and old-time balls, which is his life.

“Don’s stolen mu­sic bag has been re­ported to Horsham po­lice and we’re hop­ing any­one in the com­mu­nity who might know it’s where­abouts can help in hav­ing it re­turned.”

Trevor Papst said any­one who knew about the stolen bag could get in touch with po­lice or with him at Horsham Harley-david­son in Mcpher­son Street.

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