The somewhat small but enthusiastic world of collectable lawn mowers is today buzzing with excitement as a crime victim is reunited with his beloved stolen Hickston-Brax 4 stroke cylinder lawn mower.
Brian Anorak, who was temporarily only in possession of the original user guide, met up with Bryan Steeplegate who had found the stolen lawn mower at a collectors fair in Scunthorpe.
‘It was quite fortuitous,’ said Bryan, ‘as I don’t usually go to Scunthorpe, I mean, who would, given the choice. But I knew there was a regular collectors fair and had read in Hickston-Brax Collectors Monthly of Mr Anoraks tragedy so I thought I’d pop along.’
Brain Anorak was oblivious to the story in Hickston-Brax Collectors Monthly, the magazine for the lawn mower connoisseur, as he doesn’t read it any more. Neither was he aware of ongoing investigations, into organised lawn mower theft, by The National Crime Agency, Interpol, The FBI and The BBC, CNN and Fox News.
At a handing over ceremony at Swindon 105.5FM, where Brian hosts his ‘Ask the Anorak’ radio show, Bryan Steeplegate was a special guest and has been invited back to Brian’s shed to see his Vares Torque Twin capacitor and a 1969 Billericay Gold Top.
Bryan said, ‘It’s all a bit much, such collectables and a celebrity, all in one day.’
An emotional Brian said, ‘Maybe I was wrong about mainstream media not being interested and perhaps more than 3% of my friends did repost. I’m chuffed to bits.’