Maccas' loss had college prequel
The principal was less than amusedANNA WILLIAMS
The stolen ‘M' at McDonald's in Blenheim has triggered memories in some Marlburians of a prank at Marlborough College more than 50 years ago.
Former Blenheim man Bruce Leonard said two seventh form students pulled off a courageous stunt during the last week of school in the late 1950s.
Marlborough College, which became Marlborough Boys' College in 1963, had its name high on the building above the entrance near the Francis St field.
The pranksters tied rope around the chimneys and dangled over the roof while they swapped the ‘M' and the ‘C' in the dark of night.
The principal at the time, Herb Insull, was far from amused, Mr Leonard said.
One of the offenders was prefect and first XV rugby player Lester Roussel.
His sister, Blenheim woman Jeannette Barton, said when she heard of the missing McDonald's ‘M', her first thought was of the other ‘M' prank.
Mrs Barton was 18 months younger than her brother but had left school before the prank, she said.
She said that when her mother found out, "She was secretly impressed I think. He was never growled at."
Her brother, who drowned in the Marlborough Sounds when he was 29-years-old, was not a troublemaker, she said.
He just wanted to do something in his last year to be remembered.
A former Marlborough College student, who did not want to be named, said the prank was classic. "They were legends really."
Blenheim man Jake Franz, 24, was charged with theft after the golden ‘M' was stolen from McDonald's on Main St, Blenheim, earlier this month.
He dumped the letter near the front field at Marlborough Boys' College. The letter has still not been found.
Mr Franz is to appear in the Blenheim District Court today.
- The Marlborough Express