70-year-old Hitchin receipt brought home

A 70-YEAR-OLD Hitchin shop receipt which was uncovered at a carboot sale in Norfolk has found its way back to the house where it originated, thanks to The Comet.

Peter Ramm, of Truemans Road, Hitchin, initially got in touch after his sister bought the old W B Moss & Sons receipt for �1 at the boot sale.

After writing an article, The Comet was inundated with responses with people wanting to tell their story, including David Butler, who lives in the house where the receipt was addressed to.

It materialised that Mr Butler had bought the house from Jack and Florence Garrett, whose names were owners of the receipt.

Items on the old invoice, which came to �319, included a garden mower, tea plates, and a green carpet which is still in the house to this date.

Readers also revealed information about the couple, including those who knew them personally, as well as their memories on the old shop.

Mr Butler said: “Amazingly, Peter phoned me and asked whether he could bring the receipt to my house. We struck a deal and I now have the receipt which I will mount in a frame and display in the house.

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“I showed him the green carpet in the flesh, and he told me his life story which was very interesting.

“Thank you to The Comet for printing the stories which finally brought the 73-year-old receipt back home.”

Mr Ramm went to visit Mr Butler at his home after The Comet put the two in touch.

He said: “I went over to the house after I got a letter. The receipt was no good to me really and he was very interested in it so I thought it better that he have it.

“If I’d have kept it, it probably would have only ended up in a drawer or something. I didn’t know what to do with it myself and that’s why I contacted the paper in the first place.

“It seemed to get a big response, so people were obviously interested in the history of it.”