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Michelin launches nationwide hunt for missing windows

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By The Drum Team | Editorial

November 17, 2010 | 3 min read

French tyre firm Michelin has set up a special website in the UK to appeal for information that will lead to the recovery of three Michelin Man stained glass windows.

The striking windows were installed in the building when the company set up in Britain, however, they were taken out of the building in 1939 at the onset of the war and were put into safe keeping at the company's factory in Stoke-on-Trent. Ten years later a search was made at the factory to locate the windows, but they could not be found and have been missing ever since.

Bosses at Michelin are now keen to locate the windows in time to mark the company's 100th anniversary of the Chelsea building and it has now set up a website offering an amnesty so that anyone with information on the location of the windows can come forward without fear of prosecution

Peter Snelling, Michelin's UK's spokesman, has appealed to readers of The Drum for any help in tracking down the windows. He said: “We believe the moment is right to appeal to the public to help unravel this mystery and hopefully have the windows returned in time for the centenary celebrations in January.”

The person whose information leads to the return of the windows will be offered seats at an event in January at Michelin House, which is expected to feature all 140 of the current Michelin-starred chefs including Gordon Ramsay and Heston Blumenthal.

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