A little boy’s devastation after thieves pinched his prized Lego scarecrow has seen messages of support flood in from all over the world.
Last week, The Scarborough News revealed how six-year-old Harry Amstell was left on the brink of tears after his creation was pinched at the Muston Scarecrow Festival.
But his heartbreaking tale has gone global, with the youngster receiving messages of support from as far away as Hong Kong and Australia.
Now the Lego-mad youngster has received some new blocks from the festival organisers - and from the Danish firm - who said they were blown away by Harry’s massive imagination!
“It’s just lovely what everyone is doing for Harry,” said his mum Joanne.
He had built the giant sculpture for this summer’s Muston Scarecrow Festival, due to his family about to move into the village.
It proved a huge hit with the crowds, but before the festival closed for the day last Tuesday, someone stole it.
Joanne said she was lost for words after little Harry asked why someone would steal it – and pleaded for it to be returned.
The scarecrow still hasn’t been found, but his tale was shared hundreds of times on the festival’s Facebook page, which has had over 38,000 views.
Now festival organisers have vowed to do their bit for the star of this year’s festival.
“A lot of people have said how sad they are for little Harry, it’s terrible,” said Stacey Todd, from Muston’s Millenium Committee.
“We have a party at the end of the festival and we are going to ask him to come.”
His scarecrow was so popular that even though it was absent for more than half the event, it still came seventh –losing to a design featuring seagulls stealing a sun worshipper’s chips.
But after heading to Legoland for the weekend to try and get over his disappointment, Harry received some good news on his return.
“We are hugely impressed with Harry’s imagination in creating a wonderful scarecrow inspired by Lego bricks, it looked fantastic,” said a Lego spokesperson.
“However, we are saddened to learn that this has been stolen and whilst we cannot replace his creation, we have sent Harry some Lego which we hope goes a small way to cheer him up and inspires him to build something just as brilliant.”
The festival concluded on Sunday, and organiser Godfrey Allanson said he was thrilled with the way the village rallied round for the youngster.
“From something really bad and upsetting it goes to show just how kind and generous people can be,” he said.