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Mamma Mia! Greeks send SOS as hopes for good behaviour from Abba fans are pebble-dashed

The harbour on Skiathos island, Greece. But watch out for the thieving Mamma Mia! fan! Photo: Shutterstock
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Bloody musicals. They have a lot to answer for. Not least Jason Gardiner in drag in Ruthless! The Musical. The less said about that, the better.

This week, musicals have been making headlines – and not in a good way. It seems some pesky fans of the original Mamma Mia! film have been going to a bay on Skiathos – the island that served as the film’s backdrop – and stealing pebbles. You heard, pebbles! Quite what the weirdos plan to do with them is anyone’s guess. But that’s musical theatre fans for you.

To combat this stealing, boxes have appeared at Skiathos’ airport, urging tourists to empty their grubby little pockets of the stolen goods and leave them for everyone else to enjoy.

“We’ve had no other choice,” Thodoris Tzoumas, who heads Skiathos’ cultural association, told the Guardian. “Lalaria [a beach in Skiathos] may not have suffered a landslide but human intervention is such that its natural beauty is being destroyed at an alarming rate.”

Apparently, thieves also face fines up to 1,000 (£894) if found in possession of the marble stones. Posters are also urging holidaymakers to “take a picture, not a pebble”.

Quite. And while you’re at it, take a long hard look at yourself. Tabard can understand musicals inspiring a singsong, or an urge to dance. But thievery? Shocking. Tabard detects a Mamma Mia! 3 in the pipeline: Gimme Gimme Gimme Back My Pebbles…