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A write delay... fan finally gets Therapy? after a 20-year wait

By Colin Francis

Northern Ireland rock band Therapy? have made a fan's day after they replied to a letter posted 20 years ago.

The message to the local heavy metal heroes asking for them to play his home town again was sent by Jonathan Bramhall from Cornwall when he was just 12.

It got lost in a postal black hole, but after it was finally delivered to the Larne-based trio this month, they wrote back explaining the delay, and enclosed a couple of promotional postcards. Music mad Jonathan, now aged 32, and a chef as well as musician, said: "I couldn't believe it – I was blown away.

"I remember writing the letter to them, but it was so long ago." Therapy? used a SAE Jonathan had supplied, which went to his childhood home.

The message read: 'Hello Jonathan. You wrote to us (w/SAE) about 18 years ago, but due to a Royal Mail error in transferring the mail we never got it. Anyway, they passed it onto us now so better late than never!'

Jonathan, known to his friends as Joff, penned the letter after seeing Therapy? perform at the Pavilions in Plymouth in October 1994. He said: "I was 12 and it was the first live gig I went to. If I hadn't been there and seen Therapy? when I did, I wouldn't be a musician.

"For Therapy? to get back in touch after all this time was surreal. What a brilliant gesture." Jonathan, a drummer, guitarist and scratch DJ who performs under the name Johnny Bloffter, later moved to Brighton, where he played in a band called Shebeen, had a nightclub residency and supported Danger Mouse and hip-hop group Phi Life Cypher.

He moved back to his home town four years ago and still plays guitar and occasionally DJs.

Therapy? bass player Michael McKeegan said: "We recently received a pile of mail that hadn't got to us from around 1994.

"This was due to a change of PO box and the fact that albums with the old address were still available.

"A few of those who wrote had included SAEs or stamps, so we thought it was the decent thing to do to write back."

A Royal Mail spokesman, Mike Norman, said: "It is extremely unlikely that this letter was in our system for such a long time. We regularly check all our sorting offices."

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