CHESTERFIELD: Searching for Co-op’s secret cartoonist

The hunt is on for a mystery artist - whose imaginative doodles were discovered on discarded receipts.

Animals, clowns and festive scenes are among the mini masterpieces left behind by the secret scribbler who created cartoons while dining at the former Co-op cafe in Chesterfield.

Jennifer Jones, former cafe supervisor, said as tables were being cleared staff came across the drawings sketched on the back of Co-operative Food receipts.

Jennifer, 61, of Bakewell Road, Inkersall, said: “They were done by somebody who came in regularly but we never found out who.

“They were too good to throw away so when the Co-op closed I saved them in the hope of finding out who the mystery artist is.”

She added: “Nathan, the young lad who cleared the tables, and I would look forward to finding them, it was quite exciting and used to lift our day.

“Whoever did them had quite a talent. Either they were very fast and accurate or had a lot of time to kill.”

Jennifer started work at the Co-op, which employed many members of her family, when she left school at 16.

She said it was devastating when the store shut in July.

“It was an institution in Chesterfield. Everybody looked forward to Santa arriving. It’s especially sad at this time of year as the window dressers always did a fabulous job for Christmas.

“It was so sad to see it close. I’ve lots of happy memories. If that place could talk it would have some stories to tell,” she added.