Facebook appeal finds Gornal musician's stolen guitar

By Jamie Brassington | Sedgley | Music | Published:

A rocker was reunited with his rare Gibson Les Paul guitar which thieves left lying against a lamppost.

Gavin Priest from Upper Gornal with his guitar and Carl Fellows who found it

Gavin Priest's prize instrument was stolen from his van outside his father's home in Sedgley.

Mr Priest had played with the £2,500 guitar in Yorkshire the night before - but feared the worst after his van was broken into.

However he was reunited with his instrument after his Facebook appeal was shared thousands of times.

A kind-hearted member-of-the-public, Carl Fellows, spotted it lying against a lamppost just three streets from his father's house and got in touch.

Gavin, aged 48 from Lower Gornal, said: "This just shows the power of Facebook.

"I was devastated when I found out they had broken into my van and took my guitar. I had only bought it a day earlier after travelling up to Yorkshire.

"But my post was shared thousands of times, people and music shops around the country were sharing my post, and I think the culprits realised it was too hot to handle and they just left it for me.

"I don't bear a grudge against them really because they left unharmed and still in its case."


Sex Pistols.

The guitar is a vintage customised 1980 model with a cream paint-job to resemble the one used by Steve Jones in The Sex Pistols.

Gavin plays in a tribute Sex Pistols band and is a massive fan of the band.

Carl found the instrument in the Brownhall's estate after Gavin had visited his father for a cup-of-tea.


Gavin believes the thieves struck when he was taking his father's dog for a walk.

As a reward he gave Carl £200 and has offered to teach the Good Samaritan's children how to play guitar as an extra thank you.

Gavin said: "I'd like to say a massive thank you to Carl for re-uniting me with my guitar, I'm ecstatic.

"I'd also like to thank everyone who shared my Facebook post. I won't let it out of my sight again."

Gavin is a member of indie band The Proctors and a DJ at Wolverhampton's Blast Off and Dog & Doublet.

Jamie Brassington

By Jamie Brassington
Senior Multi-Media Journalist - @JamieB_Star

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