Oakley table tale has a happy ending for Melody

Oakley, Suffolk. Melody Cooper had a custom-made table, used for selling tomatoes, taken from her house. Following an appeal in the Diss Express, it has been returned.

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE
Oakley, Suffolk. Melody Cooper had a custom-made table, used for selling tomatoes, taken from her house. Following an appeal in the Diss Express, it has been returned. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE
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A custom-made table which was taken from the front of an Oakley house has been returned.

Melody Cooper approached the Diss Express last week after the table – constructed from an old sewing machine used for selling tomato plants – was taken from outside her home earlier this month.

Oakley, Suffolk. Melody Cooper had a custom-made table, used for selling tomatoes, taken from her house. Following an appeal in the Diss Express, it has been returned.

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Oakley, Suffolk. Melody Cooper had a custom-made table, used for selling tomatoes, taken from her house. Following an appeal in the Diss Express, it has been returned. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

But after the story appeared online, it was returned in a matter of days.

Mrs Cooper said it was “lovely” the table was returned – and put it down to “over-zealous recyclers” rather than thieves maliciously taking it.

The incident had not been reported to the police.

“My husband said ‘I think you better go and have a look around front’ and I thought something else had gone but it seemed to have reappeared over night,” she told the Diss Express.

There was no note or a knock on the door – it had just reappeared

Melody Cooper

“Someone had even made the effort to get it over the gate and it is heavy.

“I don’t know if someone had a change of heart of whether someone else rescued it.

“There was no note or a knock on the door – it had just reappeared.”

The table will not be reappearing outside her home again – not because of a fear of being stolen or going missing again – but, because of its sentimental value, to be used to grow new herbs in her polytunnel.

Regular customers of Mrs Cooper should not panic though – her brother, George Norman, who runs an antiques shop and designed the custom table, has provided a new table to allow her to sell tomatoes in Oakley once again.