Stephen Fry’s Norwich City football scarf has been returned to Age UK after being stolen from the charity’s Peterborough store, but is no longer on sale in the city.
The TV star had donated the item of clothing, together with a red coat, to help raise funds for the elderly as part of Age UK’s Donate a Coat campaign.
The charity chose Peterborough as the destination for the QI presenter’s donations, but before the items had a chance to go on sale, the scarf was stolen.
It has since been returned, but any Stephen Fry (or Norwich City supporters) in Peterborough will now have to travel 78 miles to Sprowston, in Norfolk, to buy the items.
Hugh Forde, Age UK’s managing director for retail, trading and training, charity girector general of Age UK said: “Stephen Fry’s coat and scarf are indeed still for sale. They are available in Age UK’s shop in Sprowston, Norfolk, which was picked as it’s our closest shop to Stephen’s home town of Norwich.
“Age UK is very grateful to Stephen for kindly donating his coat and scarf to the Donate a Coat appeal, which is part of our Spread the Warmth campaign.
“Every donation counts, so we are calling on people to get down to their local Age UK shop with quality donations to help make winter warmer for older people this winter.”
Coats donated by comedian Miranda Hart, Geri “Ginger Spice” Halliwell, Mollie King from The Saturdays, singer Jane McDonald and food writer Mary Berry have all sold after going on November 19.
Stephen Fry’s items, along with coats from actress Tamsin Outhwaite, TV presenter Lynda Bellingham and Great British Bake Off winner Jo Wheatley have yet to sell - though in fairness to the Blackadder actor, police did hold onto the scarf for a time as their investigation into its disappearance took place.
A spokesman for Age UK said: “We wanted to create renewed interest in the jacket and scarf to help them sell for the best price possible to support our work for older people. Given the obvious links with Norwich we hope that the new location will attract lots of potential buyers.”