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Zena's hoping signed Stones letter will be a hit at auction!

Byline: JACK EVANS

A PENSIONER could be rolling in cash when she sells a rare autographed letter she was sent by Rolling Stones legend Bill Wyman.

Zena Hutton, 71, was just 15 years old when she wrote a fan letter to the Stones after watching them perform in Southampton in 1964.

A few weeks later, she was stunned when she received a letter from bass Wyman along with the band's autographs.

She kept the treasured letter in an old suitcase in the attic of her home where it lay forgotten for more than half a century.

The retired school admin assistant stumbled across the memorabilia while doing a spring clean and it is now set to fetch up to PS1,500 at auction.

Zena "I forgot all about the letter and autographs but came across them by chance a few years ago," she says. "They were in an old suitcase in the loft with my school books.

"I've got some Beatles autographs somewhere too, but I can't find them.

"I was very impressed when I saw the Stones at the Gaumont. They were new and different, so I wrote to the fan club.

"I wasn't expecting a personal letter. Now it seems extraordinary because they are so famous. You can't imagine something like that happening today.

"Sadly, one of the Stones who signed his name, Brian Jones, is no longer with us.

"I've decided to part with them now because it's my 50th wedding anniversary next year and we want to go on a cruise."

The letter and autographs will be sold by Hansons Auctioneers in Derbyshire.

"By being in the right place at the right time, Zena now owns a fantastic musical treasure," says auction house associate director Jim Spencer. "The fact that Bill Wyman took time out to pen a note to a youngster who loved their music is extremely touching. It's incredible really.

Hutton "At the time, it must have rated as the best gift ever for a Stones fan - and it still is."

Wyman's letter read: "Many thanks for your nice letter. Hope you liked the show and continue to like us in the coming months too.

"Sorry there are no souvenirs but I hope the autographs and letter make up for it. Thanks again for writing, look after yourself and keep smiling, Bill."

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Zena in 1966 and her signed letter (right)

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