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Lavenham Blue Vintage Tearooms owner 'absolutely devastated' after sentimental dog bowl goes missing





An owner of a vintage tearoom has said she feels 'absolutely devastated' after a sentimental dog bowl was taken.

Amanda Mortimer, who owns Lavenham Blue Vintage Tearooms, in Lavenham, near Sudbury, discovered the bowl was missing on Thursday morning after visiting Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital where her father was admitted.

The blue and polka dot bowl, which had belonged to her Labradoodle Mr Darcy, had sat pride of place outside the tearoom for seven years. It holds particular value to Amanda as Mr Darcy had to be put to sleep during the pandemic and the bowl was a reminder of when she first opened the tearoom seven years ago with her beloved pet by her side.

Mr Darcy's dog bowl has sat pride of place on the step of Lavenham Blue Vintage Tearooms for seven years. Picture: Amanda Mortimer
Mr Darcy's dog bowl has sat pride of place on the step of Lavenham Blue Vintage Tearooms for seven years. Picture: Amanda Mortimer

She said: "I felt absolutely devastated and I thought I was going mad. I searched for it thinking it can't possibly have gone.

"It is a bit of a knock when you work so hard and you run your own business and take pride in it, it's just so sad that it's gone. It's part of the tearooms and it's a legacy to Mr Darcy."

Amanda explained that Mr Darcy was a 'character' in the village and was popular with customers. His death during the pandemic was a difficult time for the tearoom owner.

Mr Darcy had to be suddenly put to sleep during the pandemic. Picture: Amanda Mortimer
Mr Darcy had to be suddenly put to sleep during the pandemic. Picture: Amanda Mortimer

"The tearooms was my cottage and Mr Darcy and I lived here," she added.

"He had to be put down very suddenly two years ago, but where the bowl was situated was where he used to stand and have people admire him. People would always come to the gate to see him.

"He was a big character in the village. I've also got a blue plaque on the wall dedicated to Mr Darcy so the bowl and the plaque go hand in hand."

The plaque outside the tearooms. Picture: Amanda Mortimer
The plaque outside the tearooms. Picture: Amanda Mortimer
Mr Darcy was a 'character' in the village. Picture: Amanda Mortimer
Mr Darcy was a 'character' in the village. Picture: Amanda Mortimer

Now Amanda hopes whoever took the bowl will return it.

"Please, please just return in. No questions asked, just pop it by the gate. If it's returned it will be a very positive outcome and restore people's faith a little bit."

Amanda will replace the the bowl if it is not returned but with a different style. However, she added: "It will not be the same."