A Cumbrian man is hoping Cumbria Crack readers can help him track down the owner of a distinctive floppy hat found on the fells.
Bill Sylvester of Brough Sowerby, near Kirkby Stephen, has tried in vain to reunite the green headwear with its owner for more than two years.
Bill’s son Simon found the hat, which is adorned with patches and a striking ‘Scottish themed’ brooch, on a stile whilst walking near Kendal in July 2015.
He passed it to Bill, a member of Kirkby Stephen Mountain Rescue Team, in the hope his outdoor connections might bear fruit. But despite Facebook and Twitter appeals and contacting the organisations whose patches feature on the headwear, no-one has come forward to claim it.
Bill said: “There is nothing really special about the hat but it is obviously well travelled and well loved because of all the patches on it.
“They feature the Youth Hostel Association, the Scottish Youth Hostel Association and the Mountain Bothies Association. There is also an Ireland patch and a couple of long distance trails so the owner is a keen walker and outdoor enthusiast who is obviously fit.
“The striking thing is the unusual brooch which has a distinctive Scottish appearance and if someone reads this and can describe it in detail then there is no doubt it belongs to them.”
Bill, who works for Coast to Coast Packhorse, a company that provides holidays and support services for walkers and cyclists on Wainwright’s famous Coast to Coast trail, is hopeful the owner will be found.
“Being a keen walker myself I know how attached you can get to an item of clothing and a hat is one of those things that is very personal and precious.”
Anyone who recognises the hat and can describe the brooch can contact Bill on 07792 209928.