THEY’RE back! Within an hour of our appeal on the Redditch Standard website, missing crochet couple Mabel and Albert have been safely returned – with their octopus – to the Studley branch of Tesco.
The hue and cry was raised after the couple, one of three creations in the latest wave of random acts of crochet kindness to hit the village, went missing sometime between Monday morning and today, Tuesday, July 12.
The crocheted figures were in a seaside setting and had sat on top of the red pillar box outside the Tesco store in Studley.
The two others, one promoting new cafe Spotty Pots and featuring a teapot and cups and the other depicting a Pearly King and Queen promoting the Pie and Mash shop were similarly on top of post office boxes, on the corner of High Street and Crooks Lane and Littlewood Green respectively.
The alarm had been raised by Jan Platt, chair of Studley in Bloom who had told the Standard when Mabel had Albert went missing:
“It’s a real shame because Studley has such a wonderful community spirit and people really go out of their way to help others.
“If it’s a youngster that’s done it, well we’ve all been teenagers, and it would be nice just to have it back.”
And she was quick to call the Standard after the appeal went out on our website.
“It’s great news, I’m so pleased Mabel and Albert are back. It shows the strength of our community.”
It’s a mystery who is behind the random acts of crochet kindness in Studley, but it’s a movement that really came to prominence during lockdown.
The aim is to bring a bit of cheer to people and Mabel and Albert – and the two other post box toppers, certainly did that.