Dennett, 79, recently prevailed upon an ordnance factory to replace Robin's missing 10-ft. bowstring. Back in 1981 he had Robin's pilfered bronze bow and arrow replaced by a hard-to-steal tungsten steel set. "Robin Hood," he says, "is the most important man in the life of Nottingham."
Dennett learned that lesson growing up in the village of Warsop, just north of Nottingham; nearby Sherwood Forest was his boyhood playground. "Robin Hood's his hero," says his wife, Frances, 76. (They have five grown daughters.) That's for sure, says Dennett. "We used to argue over who got to be Robin and who would be the wicked Sheriff."
Now that Robin's statue is whole again, seemingly poised to launch a feathered shaft into the lair of his nemesis, Dennett has a moment to ponder how his medieval predecessors would have reacted to his civic spirit. "They'd be on me like a ton of bricks," he muses. "I'd probably end up in the castle dungeon."
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