A child’s toy sheep, found at Kirkcaldy railway station, has become an overnight celebrity in Tenerife!
The stuffed animal, christened Bobbie after one of the station staff, is currently on holiday to Playa de las Americas with local woman Trish Dingwall and her husband Drew.
Bobbie’s impromptu trip came about after the toy became a popular talking point between station staff and comuters when he was put on show in the station after being found by staff member Bobby Connell in a customer lift three weeks ago.
Daily enquiries as to Bobbie’s wellbeing became commonplace and, when Trish and Drew were planning their annual holiday to the sun, she thought it would be hilarious if she took Bobbie along “for a wee treat to cheer him up.”
And, since the Kirkcaldy couple set off on their travels, Trish has kept a daily photographic record of Bobbie’s exploits, sending them by Facebook in an album entitled ‘Bobbie on holiday, missing everyone at Kirkcaldy Railway Station.’
The album features photos of Bobbie with his passport waiting to board a plane, relaxing by the pool, on the beach, enjoying cocktails and building sandcastles!
And as well as attracting comments from people back home and in Tenerife, the album has drawn the attention of people as far afield as Canada and Sheffield.
Trish said: “It was just done as a bit of a laugh for the staff at the station, but it has really taken off now and people are all commenting on Bobbie and asking what he’s up to.
“People in the hotel are greeting him and he has even been bought drinks and presents – he’s a bit of a celebrity. We went for a meal last night and he got his own menu and small glass of beer at the table – it’s hilarious.
“At the pub we go to on the way back to our hotel at night, he has his own chair and drink, and the other night he was up doing karaoke too. He has been invited to go ice fishing in Canada next year too.
“One of the couples at the hotel came to say goodbye and told us how much they were going to miss Bobbie – not us! It’s unbelievable how much attention he has been getting, and all because of a chance conversation at Kirkcaldy railway station.”
Staff at the railway station have also been amazed by having a celebrity in their midst.
“It’s absolutely hilarious and we have all been having a good laugh at Bobbie’s adventures,” said April Cargill, a ticket inspector.
“We look forward to the daily updates, and other passengers have been asking about him. I’m making a collage of all the photos to put on show in the station.”
Bobby Connell, added: “It’s nice that he’s having a good time, and I hope he will be reunited with his owner.”