Wheely good outcome for Ethan

A kind-hearted Shrewsbury shopkeeper has come to the rescue of a young boy who had his bicycle stolen following a social media appeal by family friend Danny Parker, of the Furrows motor dealership.

Danny heard that 12-year-old Ethan Kite, a pupil of Belvedere School, had his pride and joy bike stolen from the front garden of his home in Wingfield Gardens at Ditherington, and launched a Twitter and Facebook appeal to get it back for him.

Unfortunately this was unsuccessful, but local cycle shop owner Bernard McMahon, who runs Shrewsbury Cycle Life, in Ditherington, heard of Ethan’s problems and kindly managed to source a brand new replacement, so that a delighted Ethan could collect the bike at the weekend.

Danny, said: “Ethan was devastated to lose his bike but thanks to the influence of social networking and Mr McMahon’s generosity, this replacement machine has certainly brought a smile back to his face.”

Ethan said: “My old bike was good, but this is a Probike Blizzard with 18 gears and full Shimano equipment, so I am really really pleased to be back on the road.”

Ethan’s mother Sarah, added: “There have been a spate of cycle thefts in the area recently but these were mainly adult bikes, so we were both outraged and disgusted than somebody could steal Ethan’s bike from our garden.

“We are unbelievably grateful to Mr McMahon for this very kind gesture and to Danny for highlighting Ethan’s plight. Ethan can now ride to school with his friends again, having had to walk all the way after his bike was stolen.”

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