North Hykeham man distraught as £3k guitar used for charity gigs stolen

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A guitar worth £3,000, belonging to a man who regularly plays in pubs for charity, has been stolen from North Hykeham.

The burglary took place between November 21 and December 1, where a number of other items, including  a ‘SR’ amp, worth around £600, a Dell laptop and a large quantity of jewellery were also believed to have been taken.

Owner of the guitar, John Kirk, who performs with his wife, Diana, is well known for perfoming in the Strugglers in Lincoln and the Anglers in Saxilby to raise money for a children’s charity – the Rainbow Trust.

Over the past four years, the pair have raised £14,000 for the charity from donations for their music.

Diana Kirk said: “John and I have been performing together for the past 46 years in and around the Lincoln and Newark area.

“Over the years we have helped to raise money for many different charities through our music and four years ago we began to focus our fund raising efforts on the Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity.

“We were distraught to return to our home to find John’s guitar had been taken, which is expensive to replace, but also has sentimental value to us.

“This loss will severely hamper our fundraising efforts but it won’t stop us.

“Please if you know anything about this, contact the police.”

Anyone with information is urged to call 101 quoting incident 188 of  December 1.