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Mystery present left by a stranger in the night

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 06, 2014

Tony Mulcahy

Tony Mulcahy

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AN Engelbert Humperdinck tribute artist from Burton received the shock of his life after a limited edition gold disc marking the crooner’s success was left on his doorstep by a mystery fan on Christmas Day.

Tony Mulcahy was astounded to discover the gift which had been left propped against his front door at his home in Winshill.

The gold disc is one of only 50 in existence and was produced to mark 500,000 sales of the star’s ‘best of’ album Spanish Eyes, which took its name from the 1969 hit single Mr Mulcahy would often perform himself at his tribute shows.

Mr Mulcahy said: “I found it on Boxing Day morning so it must have been left there Christmas night.

“It was just leaning against the door with a card attached saying ‘Tony, wishing you a Merry Christmas, from your number one fan’.

“I was overwhelmed. It had been carefully wrapped and I really couldn’t believe it. I can’t believe it now.

“It is number three of 50 which marked 500,000 sales of the particular album worldwide and there is certification of its authenticity so I suppose it is quite rare.”

Mr Mulcahy – who has met the real Engelbert Humperdinck on several occasions and counts him among his friends - admitted he had no idea who had left the Christmas present.

So could the man himself have paid a late-night Christmas visit to Winshill?

“I think that’s stretching it a bit,” said Mr Mulcahy. “I think he would have knocked on the door!”

He said he would not be trying to track down whoever it was that left the present on his doorstep with him happy for the generous fan to remain anonymous.

He said: “The album is called Spanish Eyes which is one of the numbers I included in my repertoire so it is from someone who has been to one of my shows but I don’t want to put the feelers out to find out who it is from.”

Mr Mulcahy said he had already found the perfect place to keep the gift.

He said: “It is on my dining room wall. I had a photograph of Muhammad Ali knocking down Sonny Liston in the second round, but that’s gone down to my second favourite.”

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