If the Quadrophenia scooter is the ultimate auction of Scooter Swag then the theft of Jimmy’s parka is the biggest crime in Scooter Swag history. Actor Phil Daniels is making a request for it’s return:
Quadrophenia star Daniels in plea for return of stolen parka
Actor issues appeal over iconic coat after theft from car on way to exhibition
QUADROPHENIA star Phil Daniels is appealing for the safe return of the iconic parka coat he wore in the cult film after it was stolen by thieves.
The famous khaki-green jacket, frequently an accessory to theft when worn by Danielsâ€™s roguish character Jimmy in the seminal 1970s movie, was taken in a smash-and-grab raid on a friendâ€™s car on Monday night.
Gospel Oak actor Mr Daniels had only dusted the jacket off that week after 20 years in storage to take it to a film and TV expo at the Birmingham NEC.
Mr Daniels, most recently on our screens in BBC soap EastEnders, contacted the New Journal to offer a cash reward for the coatâ€™s return.
He said: â€œI just felt a bit silly for leaving it in the back of the car.”
â€œIt was a keepsake from all those years ago. Iâ€™m worried that someoneâ€™s just thought it was an old coat and slung it over the fence somewhere.â€
He added: â€œIf I could get it returned that would be great â€“ if not que sera.”
â€œIt probably doesnâ€™t mean that much to anyone else, but it means a lot to me.â€
But fans of the film did not share Mr Danielâ€™s humble opinion.
Tom Petch, self-proclaimed mod and former chairman of the Lambretta Club of Great Britain, said: â€œThose thieves wouldnâ€™t know what theyâ€™ve got. The thing would be virtually priceless.”
He added: â€œItâ€™s the equivalent of Lewis Hamiltonâ€™s driving overalls to a racing fan.â€
Dave Welford, current chairman of the Lambretta Club, agreed.
â€œIf he [Mr Daniels] had put it up for auction the scooter fraternity would have been bidding like mad,â€ he said.
â€œSome of them still think theyâ€™re in the film.â€
â€œThereâ€™s some right nutmegs about â€“ theyâ€™d go overboard to own that coat.”
â€œI donâ€™t think the influence of that film can be underestimated.â€
This year is the 30th anniversary of the hit British film, produced by rock band The Who, and Mr Daniels had planned to take the US army fishtail parka â€“ distinguishable by the name â€œJimmyâ€ written inside in black marker â€“ down to Brighton for the Quadrophenia reunion in April.
Anyone with any information as to the whereabouts of this very particular Parka is urged to contact Simon Wroe at the Camden New Journal on 020 7419 9000.
(From Camden New Journal)
Here’s hoping Mr. Daniels gets it back. And the thief(s) rot in hell!