Local man Martin Shuttlecock had the shock of a lifetime waiting for him last night when he staggered in, exhausted from another extremely hard day at work.
Long suffering wife Anne appeared to be unusually excited as she waved a letter at him, entreating the knackered one to peruse it.
Shuttlecock could only stand agog, trembling of hand as he realised that the letter was typed out on official Vatican notepaper (proper vellum, not that printer crap they palm you off with at the supermarkets) and was even more agog to learn that the Vatican had big plans in store for the humble Shuttlecock family this September.
Apparently, the Pope wants to borrow Anne Shuttlecock's Renault Kangoo, cut a big hole in the roof and use it as his official 'Popemobile' for the duration of his UK visit.
The letter explained that by riding around in a specially adapted Renault Kangoo, the Pope would feel more 'down' with the common people.
The Vatican have undertaken to have the vehicle valeted after use, and reassured Mrs Shuttlecock that there would be no lingering odour of incense.
Although they did suggest that she think about emptying the ash tray before the handover.
Anne Shuttlecock reckons she'll get a good price on the Kangoo on E-Bay after the Pope drops it off. Martin Shuttlecock however remained skeptical as to the letter's veracity. He said:
"I reckon it's a wind-up meself. They're all at it."
Look out for...ah go on then...
More as we get it. (For old times sake.)