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Mystery man and the Cape Town tourist who he saved; IN BRIEF.

A MYSTERY Good Samaritan won praise after he went out of his way to help a visitor in Newcastle.

Chris Steyn, who is retired and from Cape Town in South Africa, arrived in the North East on a Baltic Cruise at the end of June.

He and his wife caught a bus to the airport, from where they were due to fly to Heathrow. However, Chris left his mobile on the bus, which he said contained "his entire life".

He was trying to find out how to contact Stagecoach when, to his surprise, a man arrived at the airport and handed him his phone.

The stranger had been on the same bus and had caught the next one back to the airport to find the phone's owner.

Now Chris has thanked the Samaritan and says this "random act of kindness" shows that Newcastle is one of the friendliest cities in the country.

He wrote a letter to us and said: "I had heard that Newcastle is the friendliest city in the UK, so would like to share my recent experience with your readers, which wholeheartedly confirms this view.

"My wife and I are from Cape Town, and disembarked at Newcastle from a Baltic Cruise on June 30.

"We were making our way to the airport from the city centre to catch a flight to Heathrow to visit our son and his family in Suffolk.

And as one does in a strange place with four heavy bags, were floundering around trying to board the Stagecoach bus.

"We were helped by a kind lady who chatted to us on the bus trip and pointed out places of interest, and even offered to take us home for a cup of tea, if we had time, which unfortunately we didn't.

"On alighting from the bus I discovered to my horror that I had left my smartphone on the bus. Apart from my wallet and passport, the information on the phone contained my entire life, and being retired and somewhat technologically retarded, I had failed to back it up.

"After unsuccessfully trying to find an information kiosk in the airport from whence to contact the bus company, I was sitting licking my wounds in a coffee shop, when an elderly gentleman approached me, handed me the phone, and said 'do you recognise this?' Are you the mystery Good Samaritan? Contact us at ec. or 0191 201 6446

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:6SOUT
Date:Aug 13, 2016
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