Librarians at a Catholic school in Peterborough had a surprise this month after a book was returned over 30 years after it was borrowed.
The book, titled Manners Make a Difference, arrived in an envelope, addressed to ‘The Librarian’ at St John Fisher Catholic High School on Monday 12th April, accompanied by a note which read ‘Sorry! Just 32 years overdue! Call it Catholic guilt’.
The school extended their thanks to the former student in a social media post, saying: ‘Thank you to the lovely ex-student who returned this book borrowed from our library in 1989.
‘We’ve done a quick calculation on the possible fine that will be overlooked and it would be approximately £832. All is forgiven though.’
However, the identity of the book borrower remains a mystery, as they did not sign their name and the key card system that was in place when the book was checked out, on 27th February 1989, is no longer in existence at the school.
However, it is likely that Rosie Roe, the school’s chief of administration who opened the parcel, actually knows the borrower, as she, too, was a pupil at the school in 1989.
“It was a real surprise when I opened it and saw what was inside.
“I thought it’s a real shame they didn’t leave a name because I was at the school at that time and wonder if I know them,” she told The Peterborough Telegraph.
Jo Sennett, a librarian at the school, added: “The fact that someone has sent it back, and that it’s about manners, is lovely. We would love to find out who sent it.
“The school community is a family, and they’ve clearly remembered that and taken that into adulthood.”
Published in 1954, Manners Make a Difference, was distributed by the John C Winston company.
Go on… do you know who it was? Or are you the mystery Catholic former pupil who sent the book back? The Catholic Universe would love to know. If you are he/she, contact our News Editor, Nick Benson, at [email protected]
Picture: The book in question. (St John Fisher Catholic High School/Twitter).