Prize guitars found after theft at hotel

Loraine Parker and Neville Henshaw of Beeston Lodge Hotel, Skegness.
Loraine Parker and Neville Henshaw of Beeston Lodge Hotel, Skegness.

A collection of treasured guitars, worth thousands of pounds, have been reunited with their owner after being stolen from a Skegness hotel.

The four instruments were taken from the bar of the Beeston Lodge Hotel, in Drummond Road, early this month.

Worth about £4,000 in total, they included one donated to the business by a member of the 60s band The Troggs which had been signed by a host of top acts from the era, including The Troggs themselves.

Following an appeal for help in tracing the guitars, which was supported by The Standard, the instruments were found dumped on the grounds of a nearby hotel.

Neville Henshaw, who owns the guitars and runs the hotel with proprietor Loraine Parker, said: “I’m really relieved. I didn’t think I would get them back.”

He added: “Thank you to the police and everybody who supported us.”

The four guitars are largely unscathed; one of the them has suffered damage to its headstock, while another, the signed 1965 Fender Stratocaster, had a broken string.

The appeal for help was well supported, with word of the theft being spread across the UK. Neville said even The Troggs learnt of the theft and, as a result, set about getting another guitar signed by band members to donate to the hotel. This, they have pledged to still do despite the return of the original, he added.

A police spokesman said no arrests have been made and the enquiry has been closed, as ‘all lines of investigation have been exhausted’.