Sheffield Wednesday fans appeal for return of lost camera

Richard Whatmough Owls fan.
Richard Whatmough Owls fan.
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FRIENDS and family of a lifelong Sheffield Wednesday fan who died earlier this year are desperately seeking a camera which they lost after taking photos of his ashes being scattered at Hillsborough on Saturday.

Richard Whatmough, aged 60, from London, died from a heart attack in July.

To mark his death his friends and relatives decided to go to a Sheffield Wednesday match, scatter his ashes at Hillsborough, and then have a night out in Sheffield afterwards.

It was only after the night out that they realised they had lost a digital camera containing photographs of the day’s events.

John Tompkins, aged 54, from Ridgeway, said Richard had supported the Owls since he was a young teenager.

He said: “Richard has been a Wednesday fan since he was about 13.

“He broke his arm playing football and wrote to three England players.

“The only one to reply was Wednesday’s Ron Springett and that started his love of SWFC.”

John said the camera, which belongs to his friend Sam Salim, from Firth Park, was a brown Sony Cybershot DSCH55.

He said it could have been lost in Sheffield All Bar One or left in a taxi.

A reward of £100 is being offered for the return of the camera.

He said: “Richard’s two brothers, nephew and two sisters came up to watch the match and we were given a corporate box for the day.

“At the end of the game the ashes were scattered on the goalmouth at the Kop end of the ground.

“We are all friends, there were about 14 of us altogether, and we’ve been friends for 40 years.

“It’s not so much the camera we are bothered about but it’s the photographs that are on it. They are irreplaceable and of sentimental value.”

n Anyone with information about the camera should call Mr Salim on 07908 491450.