Further twist in the 'tail' for Torrington's Viper

TORRINGTON S mystery benefactor The Viper, has now been joined by The Leopard, The Grass Snake and The Jackal, reports Dr Harry Cramp. On Wednesday, the Gazette reported how The Viper has been sending �1 coins and short messages from all over the world to

TORRINGTON'S mystery benefactor The Viper, has now been joined by The Leopard, The Grass Snake and The Jackal, reports Dr Harry Cramp.

On Wednesday, the Gazette reported how The Viper has been sending �1 coins and short messages from all over the world to help with the �900,000 campaign led by Dr Cramp to refurbish Torrington Town Hall and turn it into a facility for use by the whole community.

Now Dr Cramp reports that publicity on The Viper and his messages from across the globe have led to a flurry of additional interest.

"I have received �1.50 from a donor using the name The Leopard and �1 from The Grass Snake," he said.


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"I have also had a card from the South of France signed Le Chachal (The Jackal)."

This card, accompanied by a five Euro note - and partly in French - tells an intriguing story.

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The sender says that he is on the trail of the elusive Viper and spotted him on the Cote d'Azure, but that he is a 'very sneaky' character.

He recounts how "having a drink with old chum Rogie - Sir Roger Moore, aka Le Ivanhoe, Le Saint and Le Bond " - they had worked out a way of indentifying The Viper and were preparing to come to England, where they believed he had now returned.

"This is no job for a country doctor or a girl mayor. It is a job for the professionals to capture this snake," says The Jackal.

He signs off by saying that he was not killed in 1963, but had been selling fish in Monaco until this big contract to get The Viper arrived!

The lighthearted publicity is welcomed by Dr Cramp for raising the profile of the campaign by the Great Torrington Buildings Preservation Trust, of which he is chairman.

The trust has raised money towards the building works that will be needed at the Town Hall, but still needs more to equip and furnish the building. It is in the process of setting up a new fund raising initiative called the Town Hall Titans, encouraging residents to sign up as Titans and organise their own fund raising events on behalf of the cause.

Dr Cramp can be contacted on (01805) 622343.

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