ONE of Britain’s best known Mods has been devastated by the theft of his beloved Lambretta scooter.
Kevin “Ginger” Lawton called on a publican pal to wish him well for his forthcoming retirement but when he came back outside again the “irreplaceable” classic bike, which had been secured by a steering lock, had gone.
The cult Italian machine - there were just 200 of the model ever imported to Britain - is worth at least £12,000,
But lorry driver Ginger, 60, said: “You just can’t put a price on the rare two wheeler machine because of its emotional value.”
It is particularly heartbreaking as it was a favourite of his late girlfriend who died of a heart attack aged just 45, earlier this year.
The stolen machine is one of the best known in the Mod movement because it is often used to lead off the Ginger’s famed Easter Egg Run scooter rally, which he organises for sick children in hospital.
And because of its high profile in Mod circles he believes it will be “just about impossible” to sell on the black market, particularly as the football fanatic had cloaked it in the royal blue paintwork and motifs of his beloved Glasgow Rangers.
Ginger, who lives in Tyldesley, said: “I am absolutely gutted by this. I just can’t believe it has gone. The scooter also had quite a distinctive registration number which is quite well known.
“I was actually stood at the front of the pub for a while after saying goodbye to the landlord. Then I went around the side of the pub to where I had left it.”
The machine is a 1971 Lambretta GP200 registration number KOY 12K. It was stolen from the car park outside the The Cross Guns pub in Westhoughton between 7pm and 8pm on Saturday. Police have confirmed they are investigating the theft. Witnesses should call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.