A lifelong U2 fan was thrilled when the band called – and asked him to mend a broken Grammy award.
The trophy, for 1987 album The Joshua Tree, was smashed in three pieces with its iconic gramophone broken.
So band managers Googled ‘trophy craftsmen’ and found Stuart Allcock in Taunton, Somerset. Stuart, who went to his first U2 gig in 1987, felt “dizzy” on the phone. He said “I thought it might be a joke and said: ‘Is this Bono?’.”
But he was disappointed to find it was made of iron and had to be welded, glued and re-sprayed gold. He said: “I think someone dropped it. It was a bit nerve-wracking, but the result was pleasing.”
Asked how much it was worth, he said: “If it wasn’t a U2 Grammy, I wouldn’t pay a fiver. But it’s priceless.”