There were ecstatic scenes in Rochdale this afternoon after a Middleton resident remembered to do the thing he’d been asked to do earlier in the day.

Initially thought to be a hoax by wives throughout Lancashire it has been confirmed that he has actually done it, and only had to be reminded seventeen times, a new North of England record.

“We can’t quite believe it.” A spokesman for the Institute of Wives told the Rochdale Herald. “We’re thinking of organising an open top bus parade for him so that crowds of women can throw knickers at him and stuff.”

“We’ll certainly be writing to the prime minister about getting him an OBE or something at the very least.”

Steve Dickinson, 42 and a half, told The Herald that he remembered to do the thing by not only writing the thing down on a piece of paper and on the back of his hand, but by also reading the notes he’d written to himself regarding doing the thing.

“I almost forgot to do the thing but then Barbara rang me and reminded me to read the back of my hand and there it was. Amazing. I just hope that other husbands will be able to follow my lead and remember to do things too.”

He’s an inspiration to us all.

Quentin D Fortesqueue is a founding editor of The Rochdale Herald. Part time amateur narcissist and full time satirist Quentin is never happier than when playing his lute and drinking a full bodied Bordeaux. He rarely plays the lute and never gets to drink Bordeaux.