A KINGLASSIE man has helped a record collector from England who had his collection of vinyl records and music memorabilia stolen, reports KEVIN QUINN.
Arthur Fotheringham, a volunteer at the local radio station, K-Town FM, sent some rare records he had to Peter Johnson in St Albans- who had his collection of rare Elvis records stolen.
Peter Johnson discovered the theft late last year when he returned from the annual meeting of the Elvis Presley Fan Club in Maplethorpe, Lincolnshire.
Thousands of pounds worth of collectors items had been taken by the thieves who had picked the lock on his garage.
Arthur Fotheringham remembered hearing about this, whilst he was clearing out his old Elvis records.
He said: I was copying my vinyl records into iTunes on my laptop. I was putting four Elvis records on to it when something rang a bell in my head. I then remembered that there was a story on Crimewatch about a guy down south who had his record collection and music memorabilia stolen.
“So I did a websearch and came across his local newspaper’s campaign for people to give him old vinyl records to re-build his collection.
“So I got in touch with Peter through that newspaper and offered him four Elvis Albums.
“They included ‘Blue Hawai’, ‘Love Songs’ and a greatest hits collection which was in pink- that was a limited edition record.”
Mr Fotheringham was happy to see his old records go to Mr Johnson. He added: “He was delighted. He had lost a hell of a lot. I mean it was on Crimewatch so it was a big amount.
“He also lost photographs and memorabilia, it wasn’t just records.
“When I spoke to him he seemed such a nice guy so I offered him what I could.
“He thought this was excellent, he’s trying hard to build up his collection again.
“I was probably just going to take them to the charity shop, so at least this way I know they have went to somebody who really wants them.”