Story 2 - Who Stole The Modbury Gnome?
The village of Modbury, which dates back to the Domesday Book, lies in a hollow and is surrounded by the hills and ridges of the South Hams in Devon. One summer’s day, a builder was walking past a rubbish skip in the village, when he saw a cute garden gnome struggling to escape from the debris. Feeling sorry for the little fellow, he picked him up, brushed him down and placed him on a wall just outside the village, where he remained for may weeks.
The gnome raised a smile from everyone who walked past him and ‘The Modbury Gnome’ became quite famous locally and was adopted by the village.
The mystery of who put the gnome on the wall became a topic of much speculation in the village. Local newspapers, radio stations and patrons of the local pub joined in the friendly guessing game. During the hot and sunny weather that summer, a caller to the local radio station suggested that the gnome would benefit by wearing a pair of sunglasses. When he heard this, the builder, aided by an accomplice, fitted the little chap with a pair of sunglasses and, of course, this only added to the mystery. Passing bus drivers even began pointing him out to their passengers and his fame started to spread.
The real mystery is – who stole the Modbury Gnome?