A PRIEST’S faith in human kindness has been restored after being inundated with offers following the theft of his bicycle.
Reverend Pete Orton said he was unable to walk down the street in his parish without having a bike thrust in his direction after the Mail reported last week that his was stolen from his back garden in Wetmore Road.
The reverend, who is based at St Modwen’s and St Aidan’s churches in Burton, was left having to make journeys on foot.
Having been left stranded by the loss of his bike, Rev Orton, who also regularly cycles to the town’s YMCA centre where he volunteers, was overwhelmed with the response from friends and members of his parish, admitting that he didn’t think anyone else would be that interested.
But members of his community and the wider area were quick to offer their own bikes after learning of the priest’s plight.
Spoilt for choice, Reverend Orton eventually accepted the offer from a lady called Beryl, who attends services at St Aidan’s Church.
Rev Orton said: “I must have had more than a dozen offers, I can’t walk down the street with out somebody stopping me.
“I’m really grateful to the Burton Mail and everyone for their support. It’s really suitable and is ideal for what I need.
“I’m a priest so I like to get out in the community. I like to meet people and talk to people so it’s useful for a lot of things.
“A bike is the ideal medium to get around in the community.
Despite the disappointment of having his bike stolen, Rev Orton was philosophical about the incident.
He said: “People outside the church have been just as supportive as those inside.
“I’m a passionate believer that all people are good really, some might get misguided, but life is good.
“When something good comes out of bad that’s wonderful. It’s certainly increased my faith in human nature.”