A dad who has lovingly kept hold of a special snowball in his freezer for 10 years, even bringing it with him when he moved house, is now flogging it on eBay.
43-year-old Lee Thackaberry kept the ball of ice in a freezer bag as a souvenir from an epic drunken snowball fight a decade ago.
He decided to do so after he saw a news report about how someone else manage to sell a 10 year old snowball on the online marketplace for £15,000.
The greenkeeper thought he’d try to get a piece of that action, so he hung onto the snowball, even when he relocated his entire life.
Lee, from East Grinstead in Sussex, told The Sun: “It’s incredible, I can’t believe how long it’s survived. It’s all intact.
“I remember that week there was a particularly heavy snowfall. I went to the pub on a sledge with some neighbours and we had a snowball fight with my wife and friends in the garden on the way home. The snow must have been eight inches deep.
“We came back from the pub quite merry and decided to have a snowball fight. The snow was so thick we nearly lost out little Jack Russell Pebbles. We couldn’t find him for ages with how thick the snow was.”
“I thought as a laugh we should keep it.
“Ten years on and here we are. I want to sell it. My wife thought I was mad and I probably am. It’s taken quite a lot of space in the freezer.
“My wife and I have split up now but I hope to get a lot of money for it.”
Currently, he doesn’t stand to make that much dosh out of this. He stuck it on eBay for 99p, and so far the highest bid that anyone has made is £3.20.
However, Lee isn’t living in a dream world. He continued: “I’m not expecting it to make £15,000 but you never know.
“I’m not expecting a huge amount for it but I’d like someone else to get some fun out of it. I have a lot of good memories from the snowball but it’s time for someone else to enjoy it.
“Some people will think it’s totally bizarre – it’s the last thing you’d expect to see on eBay. It might well be a record – I can’t imagine there being many snowballs which are older than ten years old.
“I have absolutely no idea how it’ll be transferred to whoever buys it. We’ll have to think of that when it gets sold.”