Fan finds his Kirsty picture on the internet … after 20 years
The photograph, carrying the message “To Tony, Love Kirsty”, never reached him in 1981 because it went missing before he had a chance to collect it. By chance, Tony heard from a friend that it had shown up on the internet auction web site eBay and was about to go under the hammer. The 37-year-old had just an hour and a half to get to a computer, log on and stop the precious item of memorabilia being sold to a rival fan.
Tony said “I ran to the Central Library to try to register as a user, but couldn’t do it in time. With about seven minutes to I managed to get an e-mail to someone who was able to make a rival bid for me. I was really nervous waiting to find out if I’d got it and couldn’t believe it when I had.”
Tony, a council worker from Great Barr, said Kirsty had left a picture for him in a former Virgin store in Bull Street during a visit to Birmingham. He said: “We had started writing to each other after I contacted her when her first single came out in 1979. She was such a nice person that she always replied to my letters and would send me postcards. One day she sent me a note saying she’d left me a signed picture in the Virgin store. When I got there they said they didn’t know anything about it – I thought that maybe there had been a misunderstnding or it had been mispIaced. To say I was stunned when I saw it on the internet all those years later doesn’t even cover it! It’s definitely the same one because it’s got my name on it and a picture of her single.”
Tony’s discovery, which cost him just over £19, came almost 12 months after Kirsty’s tragic death in a boating accident. He said: “It was one of those weird coincidences. It’s quite fitting that I’ve finally got it. I just wish I could write and let her know.”