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Roving Pinky goes off on his travels

PUBLISHED: 12:58 16 January 2002 | UPDATED: 11:11 03 March 2010

PIGS might not really be able to fly but one curly-tailed Kesgrave resident has packed his bags and gone off on his travels.

BT worker Moira Briggs could not believe her eyes one December morning when she found a letter on her doormat - from her stone pig that normally lived outside.

PIGS might not really be able to fly but one curly-tailed Kesgrave resident has packed his bags and gone off on his travels.

BT worker Moira Briggs could not believe her eyes one December morning when she found a letter on her doormat – from her stone pig that normally lived outside.

In a crackling tale more heart rending than that of Babe (the cute cartoon pig who escaped slaughter and became a 'sheepdog') Pinky the piglet told how he had become bored with the same old view of Fox Lea.

So he had packed his bags and trotted off to see not just the end of the road, but the whole world.

Now some, less believing person, might have thought that the 18 inch pig may just be hiding in a neighbour's house as many young children do when they run away from home.

Mrs Briggs said: "I realised one of the pigs had gone and just thought it was a joke and someone was hiding it."

So imagine her surprise when she received a photo of Pinky outside Ipswich train station, ready to embark on his trip.

Some time later Pinky kindly sent a postcard from Aldershot and Farnborough just to let the Briggs family know of his whereabouts to put their minds at rest.

He even sent a Christmas card saying that he had got to Heathrow and realising that pigs could not fly after all, took a boat west.

But the biggest surprise of all came when a postcard dropped through the letter-box from New York!

Mrs Briggs said she has no idea who would have put all this work into helping Pinky escape – he evidently would not have been able to do it alone on his short stone legs.

Pinky, despite being a few rashers short of tall, is in fact quite heavy and would have needed a getaway car to help him out.

Feeling totally stymied as to who nabbed him from his garden reveries, she said: "I just do not have a clue who it is.

"Whoever it is has even gone to the trouble of taking a picture of the pig and scanning it in to photographs.

"My daughter's boyfriend does work in New York but we know it is not him now.

"We did think it might be my son who is at university but he and all his friends were away when it started happening."

All the letters and postcards they are receiving are stamped with the postmarks of the town that Pinky has visited.

When the piglet went on his travels he also deserted his lifelong friend Perky who usually keeps him company outside the house and Mrs Briggs said he is absolutely heartbroken at being left alone.

"We are just waiting to see what happens next because it did say in the letter that he would come back once he had done a bit of travelling.

"Even people at work are starting to ask whether there is any news of Pinky yet."

She said: "My husband said it has to be one of my friends because none of his friends would do something like that."

n Do you know the identity of the pignapping practical joker? If so, get in touch with the Evening Star newsdesk on Ipswich 01473 282257 or e-mail us at: starnews@ecng.co.uk

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