Haiti has urged its inhabitants to dig deep to raise money to replace a sad clown ornament that has been completely destroyed by the small earthquake that has struck Cumbria.
The ornament, which belonged to Edith Frampton from Carlisle, fell from the mantelpiece leaving a trail of devastation across her living room carpet, that required a clean-up operation that took in the region forty-five minutes.
“It completely shattered,” revealed a clearly upset Mrs Frampton.
“There were bits everywhere. I think I’ll probably still be coming across little bits well into the Christmas holidays.”
“It’s not the incident itself that has upset me, but the aftermath.”
Rene Preval, the President of Haiti, spoke of his shock at the news and expressed his sympathies to Mrs Frampton for her loss.
“I think I speak for Haiti when I say that the pictures we have seen here of the sad clown ornament lying in pieces across Mrs Frampton’s carpet have affected everyone.”
“It is of course difficult to get a true sense of the suffering by viewing images on the TV, but she is in our hearts.”
Haitian musician and record producer Wyclef Jean is to release a version of The Four Tops’ Loco in Acapulco, which will be accompanied by a video featuring black and white shots of broken crockery.
All profits will go towards a fund set up to replace the sad clown ornament.