Woman steals rare music poster from party

05:11, Jul 22 2014
John Grenell
CELEBRATING: John Grenell's 70th was marked at Churchill’s bar in Sydenham on Sunday.

The theft of a one-off piece of memorabilia has tainted a celebration for country singer John Grenell.

A 70th birthday party for Grenell, who has limited vision and poor health, was open to the public at Churchill's bar in Sydenham on Sunday.

The event, organised by Dave Mitchell, included a display of Grenell's albums, guitars, a saddle, posters and other touring paraphernalia.

Stolen John Grenell poster
STOLEN: The one-off A3 negative of John Grenell poster before it was snatched from the venue of Sunday's birthday celebrations.

Mitchell says the event, which attracted around 400 people, was a ''memorable occasion'' and Grenell was in ''fine form''.

However festivities were marred when a unique poster negative was stolen from the premises.

''This is a one-off piece of memorabilia. It was an A3 negative of a poster designed by John Sanchez-Lloyd in the 1990s," Mitchell said.


"It was taped to the front door of the bar and looked great with the sun shining through it."

Grenell's daughter Amiria, a Tui award-winning musician, observed a woman removing it from the door on Sunday afternoon.

She chased her down the street but the ''poster thief'' got away.

Mitchell asked that it be returned to the bar and said no further questions would be asked.

The Press