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'Shags' unveiled - mystery Glastonbury wallet-finder finally identified
A MUSIC fan who returned a stranger’s wallet he found by chance at Glastonbury has been identified.
Richard Les, from Darlington, found the wallet containing £200 cash as he left the festival in June.
The 21-year-old former Yarm School student recently graduated with a First Class degree in English from Manchester University.
He posted the wallet back to its owner, 25-year-old Charlie Hillier, from East Sussex, with a note saying ‘thought you might want this back’.
Mr Les signed the note ‘Shags’, believed to be a reference to a nickname given to him by his university friends who think he looks like the Scooby Doo character Shaggy.
Mr Hillier got in touch with The Northern Echo in an attempt to contact the person responsible for finding his wallet.
The wallet was returned as it was found – minus £5 Mr Les had taken for postage, although he ended up £1.22 out of pocket because of the cost of delivery.
Nevertheless, his family is proud of the gesture. A family spokesman said: “He just thought ‘it belongs to that guy, he would want it back’.
“I am sure a lot of people would look at it and think ‘that would buy a few pints down the pub’, but that’s not how Richard thinks.
“He was bemused by the interest his action raised - what else should he have done with the wallet?
“He is pleased that Mr Hillier got it back safely, and he isn't bothered about being out of pocket by £1.22 - his Mum did warn him it might be more than £5.”
Mr Hillier, who had been keen to make contact with ‘Shags’, was delighted to hear that his benefactor had been identified.
He told The Northern Echo: “I was blown away to even get my wallet back, but the fact that it still had the cash in it was amazing.
“I am going to send the story to Glastonbury and encourage [festival organiser] Michael Eavis to give Shags a free ticket for next year.
“I would like him to reap the rewards of what he has done for me.”
Mr Les is currently taking part in a charity rally to Mongolia with a group of friends.
They are raising funds for the Cool Earth charity, which protects endangered rainforests.
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