A STICK picked up on a cycle path near Stoke may be the finest ever found, it has been claimed.
Tom Logan, 48-year-old engineer, was walking his labrador when he stumbled on a fallen branch.
He said: “On closer inspection it was apparent that one particular bit of the branch would make a very serviceable stick.
“But after snapping it off I was astonished by its excellent heft, convenient length and the way it was rigid but not brittle.
“I couldn’t help but swoosh it about – and believe me, I am not a swoosher. That’s when I really started getting excited.”
Logan showed the stick to friends, who agreed that they had not seen a better one and suggested he lend it to specialists.
Professor Henry Brubaker of the Institute for Studies said: “I can confirm that this is a truly exceptional stick. Look at it, it’s just so…right.
“I’ve tried using it to knock nettles out of the way while getting over a stile, and the result was amazingly satisfying.
“Is it the best stick ever? Well, I’m awaiting corroboration but let’s say I’m quietly excited.”
Tom Logan said: “My life has been turned upside down by this stick. And who knows where the journey could end?”