VIDEO: Signed shirt set to be Muse-um piece for Teignmouth
A SHIRT signed by Teignmouth rockers Muse has fetched £500 for Teignbridge charity the Helen Foundation and Teign Estuary Rotary Club.
Muse are patrons of the charity set up in memory of 24-year-old Shaldon girl Helen Kirk.
And despite the top being bought by a buyer in Italy, the bidder has donated it to Teignmouth Museum.
Muse this week dedicated their hit song Starlight to Helen in an American stadium gig.
On the anniversary of Helen's birthday Muse were playing to a packed stadium in St Louis.
Annie and Roger Kirk, Helen's parents, are now trustees of the Helen Foundation which raises money to help other young people locally to realise their ambitions.
The couple said: "Helen's birthday was lovely. In the evening Muse played a simply outstanding gig at the St Louis USA Chaifez stadium where they dedicated the playing of their famous Starlight number to Helen. It was a true celebration."
The auctioned top belonged to former pupil James Pallister, who showed the band around a new arts centre at Teignmouth Community College, when they officially opened it in 2004.
The music stars signed his school shirt and it's been in his wardrobe since. His mother Margarita, a member of Teign Estuary Rotary Club, attended a talk by the Helen Foundation and heard Muse are its patrons and came up with a plan to raise cash for the two causes. She soon spoke to James and asked if he'd be prepared to give the shirt to the good causes.
"Very generously, James donated the shirt to an eBay charity auction," said Roger Kirk, of the Helen Foundation.
The successful eBay bidder is an Italian supporter of The Helen Foundation who is also a keen Muse fan.
Having won the auction, he donated the shirt to Teign Heritage Centre for permanent display. Lin Watson, curator of the Teign Heritage Centre, said: "The museum will display this for the people of Teignmouth as a token of the connection between Muse and Teignmouth Community School."