‘Missing’ Johnny Wellies safe and well

Johnny Wellies

Johnny Wellies

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Well-known St Helens character Johnny Wellies, who was feared missing, has been spotted by dozens of readers since concerns were first raised about his welfare.

A number of readers contacted the Reporter last week with concerns that bearded Johnny had not been spotted in any of his usual town centre haunts.

But after we published an online article asking readers to keep an eye out for him there have been countless sightings of Johnny.

Many readers got in touch with us via our Facebook page to say they had seen eccentric Johnny in the town centre.

James Baldwin reported seeing him in the Hardshaw Centre on Tuesday, while Tasha Shields wrote on our page: “We saw him yesterday too, he offered us a drink of his Capri sun!”

Lindsay Naylor added: “He was in town yesterday. He had been in the charity shop buying high heeled shoes!”

Here’s a selection of other readers comments:

Joanne Willis: “I am glad people have seen him”

Linda Hart: “I saw him yesterday at about 10.30am walking up Boundary Road.”

Jenny Briggs: “Saw him yesterday near train station.”

Heather Ramsay: “Seen him yesterday at 4.45pm in the Hardshaw Centre.”

Andrea Swift: “Seen him yesterday in Bridge Street.”

Johnny is a well-known figure across St Helens and frequently hangs out in locations across the town centre, particularly the Hardshaw Centre.

Known for his bushy beard and fondness for mints, which he often offers to aghast passers-by, he frequently stays at various homeless shelters and hostels but has also been known to sleep rough.

Generations of Sintelliners know about Johnny Wellies, with websites, Twitter profiles and Facebook pages set up in tribute to him.