Lost hat returns after 8 months

TALL tales and unusual catches go hand in hand with fishing but one Woolgoolga resident has the evidence to back up his claim.

About a year ago, local banana farmer Ron Gray was presented with a Coffs Harbour and Districts Amateur Radio Club peak hat as a thank you for years of donating bananas.

Ron wore the hat a lot and about eight months ago, was wearing it when he was fishing off the Arrawarra headland with his son Darren.

All was going well until a southerly bluster blew up.

“It was blowing hard and the hat blew off and while most of them usually float, this one sunk straight away,” Ron said.

Father and son circled around looking for it but ... the hat had gone.

Until last week.

One of the members of the Radio Club who is a regular walker on Moonee Beach found the hat washed up on the beach.

It was a definitely the worse for wear but still easily identifiable with the radio club’s logo across the front.

As not many people have been presented with those named hats, it wasn’t difficult to trace its original owner.

“God knows how many miles it had done before it hit the beach,” Ron said.

“What are the chances of it, that’s the first hat I have ever lost and it came back. What are the chances?”

Ron reckons it will take pride of place at home for a while, hanging off a curtain rail.

“I’ve got a mate coming from Grafton next week ... he won’t be able to miss it there,” he laughed.

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