A man who bought a book from a charity shop in Cottingham near Hull, had the surprise of his life when he returned home and examined it, finding a £20 note that its original owner had been using as a bookmark!
Moys Kenwood, 55, spotted the pristine, first edition copy of the excellent John Osborne book 'Damn You, England' whilst combing the shelves of the RSPCA charity shop at 177, Hallgate, in September this year. When he saw that the price was only 50p, he knew he must have it, and handed over a shiny 50p coin to the shop assistant.
Once back at his mam's house, the avid reader greedily perused his new purchase, and was astonished when the £20 note fell out of the book from between pages 90 and 91. Said Kenwood:
"When I saw the book in the shop, I had to have it, and the fact that it was only 50p meant it was in my 'comfort zone'. When I got home and came across the forgotten 'bookmark', however, it really did put the 'icing on the cake', as it were!"
Asked if he had since returned the money to the shop, he replied:
"It was an old £20 note - they are not in circulation any more. I discovered this when I tried to spend it. Damn you, England!"