Businessman counts his blessings after notes fly

WIND-FALL: Sid Lewis helped the unidentified businessman collect 'thousands of pounds' scattered around Cleckheaton town centre.
WIND-FALL: Sid Lewis helped the unidentified businessman collect 'thousands of pounds' scattered around Cleckheaton town centre.
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A BUNDLE of cash was almost gone with the wind – until honest Spen folk spared a lucky businessman’s blushes.

A smartly dressed man was using the pedestrian crossing near the town hall when a gust of wind sent bundles of cash flying through the air and raining down on the road and pavement – like pennies from heaven.

Staggered on-lookers then dashed to pick up the cash, as traffic was briefly brought to a halt.

Sid Lewis, 63, of Oakenshaw, was getting off the number 268, on Monday lunchtime, to pick up his granddaughter when he saw the businessman carrying wads of cash in his hands.

“It was very gusty and I could just see this money blowing around, there must of been hundreds, if not thousands of pounds in notes scattered everywhere,” he said.

“They were fivers, £10, £20 notes, they went everywhere.

“I went into the road and stopped the traffic and picked up as many notes as I could.

“I gathered up a few hundred pounds and handed it back to the man. He looked traumatised to be honest.”

Sid enlisted the help of other shoppers to collect the notes for the ‘shocked’ man.

Linda Jennings, who works in Keith Bennett Opticians, also saw the spectacle unfold outside the shop.

She said: “I could see the notes in the air and there were lots of passers-by trying to help. It was like something out of a film.”

Sid said that the man appeared to be taking the bundles of cash to Lloyds Bank, when the mighty wind sent the notes into the sky.

He said: “Once everyone handed him the cash back, he went into the bank. Five minutes later, he came back out and he still looked a bit shocked.

“I asked him how much he had lost, and he said ‘nothing, it was all handed in’. I couldn’t believe it.

“I don’t know who this man is, but he was in his 40s, smartly dressed and about 5ft 10ins tall. I don’t even know if it was his money or his boss’s. He just looked very relieved.”