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Stolen Frank Sidebottom head returned

A papier mache Frank Sidebottom head, created to help promote the biopic on Timperley's most famous son, was stolen from The Dukes Theatre in Lancaster, only for it to re-appear this morning on their doorstep. Rowan Brook-Thompson from the theatre with the head.  PIC BY ROB LOCK 23-7-2014

A papier mache Frank Sidebottom head, created to help promote the biopic on Timperley's most famous son, was stolen from The Dukes Theatre in Lancaster, only for it to re-appear this morning on their doorstep. Rowan Brook-Thompson from the theatre with the head. PIC BY ROB LOCK 23-7-2014

It’s one of the most recognisable heads in showbusiness. And now Frank Sidebottom’s giant bonce is back where it belongs after 48 hours on the run.

Frank’s famous papier mache head – or more accurately, a replica version – was stolen from The Dukes theatre hours after a show paying tribute to the cult comedy figure.

Two days later Frank’s head turned up...in a cardboard box left outside on the steps.

The safe return of the Sidebottom noggin was a relief to Dukes bar manager Simon Nixon.Simon spent two weeks making the head for the tribute show ‘Jon Ronson’s Frank Story’. I’m a huge fan of Frank Sidebottom and it was a real labour of love,” said Simon, who is also a professional artist.

“We were upset when the head disappeared on Monday night but the fact that it was returned on Wednesday morning has renewed my faith in humanity.”

The head was discovered by Dukes housekeeper Janet Needham on Wednesday morning.

The theatre box office also received an anonymous email from the culprit apologising and saying “it seemed to be a funny thing to do at the time”.

The head was on display on The Dukes bar during the show hosted by Sidebottom’s former backing musician Jon Ronson and during recent screenings of a film about Frank.

The Frank Sidebottom character shot to fame on North West regional television in the mid 1980s. Known for his Timperley, Cheshire nasal twang, giant head, childlike innocence and sharp suit, Frank appeared regularly on Channel 4 and on ITV kids’ show No.73, and regularly toured the UK. The man behind the persona, Chris Sievey, died in 2010.

 

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