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GONE AWOL: St Albans nutcracker returned safely after mysterious disappearance

 Published on: 19th December 2022   |   By: Darius Morgan   |   Category: Uncategorized

One of St Albans’ iconic nutcrackers was returned with an apology note and chocolates after disappearing from his post this Christmas.

Corporal Gabriel, one of 10 nutcrackers positioned around St Albans, was stolen from his post outside the Clock Tower in Market Place on December 1.

After a fortnight of uncertainty, he returned to his post suddenly on December 15.

A laminated note attached to the figure read: “My sincerest apologies for my absence. I decided to take an impromptu sabbatical from my post. 

“I was well looked after during my break. The people who helped me on my trip ask for your forgiveness rather than persecution seeing as I have now returned safely to my post.

“Christmas is the season to ‘forgive and forget’, after all! I am sure they are slightly embarrassed about their behaviour.” 

Vivien Cannon, manager of St Albans BID and organiser of the nutcracker trail, thanked those responsible for “doing the right thing”.

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