IN BRIEF - How can his Lordship acquire an old vase,smash it and yet end up with a matching pair ? Well,with the help of a lots of willing hands and plenty of helpful coincidences,this does indeed prove to be his "lucky day"
We drop in on Thomas Tripp the milkman just as he's finishing loading up to start his round,and we ride with him to Winkstead Hall.2 pints are handed to Brackett and Thomas informs him that his wife has told him it's his lucky day today because his birthday falls in February -"it's a sort of fortune-telling game she plays" (?) And when Brackett tells him his Lordship's birthday is also in February,Thomas declares that it'll clearly be his lucky day too.
Brackett passes this on to Lord B with the morning paper,but he replies that he was in fact lucky yesterday when he bought a "very,very old vase" at an antiques shop.However,just as he's bemoaning the fact it wasn't a pair,he drops it ! ! And as we cut to the dustmen pulling up outside on their round,Brackett gives them the broken remnants to dispose of.
Fortunately,Harry Farthing rings the Hall to ask for 2 crates of pottery to be taken to the Wharf,and it's just what his Lordship needs to take his mind off the vase.They set off,pick up the crates,and Winnie goes along for the ride accompanied by Harry too because Mr.Swallow wants a chat with him.And they arrive at the Wharf just as Mr.Rumpling's barge pulls in with something he'd like them to see-a vase given to him by an old aunt that he has no use for.
Lord B is amazed and delighted-"But....but it's exactly the same as the one I smashed this morning.It must be the other one of the pair".They agree to chat about a price later and Harry tells his Lordship that if he can have the pieces of the other one he'll repair it for him.So Brackett then has to explain that he thought it was too damaged to save,but just as they're talking the dustcart pulls up.And not only that,but the 2 dustmen also had the presence of mind to put all the pieces to one side because they thought it was too good to throw away.For which,Lord B promises the "splendid fellows" a handsome reward each and letter of commendation to the Mayor !
And to end an amazing sequence of coincidences,Mr.Tripp turns up on his round and gets confirmation from his Lordship that it was indeed his "lucky day" after all.
Just time to unload those pottery crates,offer thanks all round and get back in time for the 6 o'clock dance.
TRIVIA: - 1) Harry Farthing's vase repair methoddates the series a bit.......rivets !
2) Obviously the storyline dictated that they had to get Harry Farthing to the Wharf somehow,but we never do find out what Mr.Swallow wanted to chat to him about that couldn't be said over the phone.