Nidderdale Show stewards were astonished when a couple who said they were from York turned up at this year’s show with an extremely dingy looking cup which had last been presented in 1927.
Cup Steward David Prince said:”I was really surprised when I looked at it, I’d never seen it before but they said they had found it in a skip in York and thought it must belong to us. It was extremely dull but when we polished it up it’s lovely. It was the Swaledale Sheep Cup for the champion group of four. It’s amazing to see it after such a long time, it appears that it was only presented once in 1927 and never came back to the show”.
“It is solid silver and is really thick. It could easily be worth a four figure sum, so we definitely owe this couple a debt of gratitude.”
The new temporary owner of the cup is Mark Ewbank who won the Swaledale Group of Four. He said:”It’s amazing to think this has been missing for 87 years. I’ll certainly be making sure it comes back to the Show Committee next year.”
At the Show meeting following this year’s event, Committee members agreed to send a letter of thanks to the couple and present them with tickets for next year’s show.
Show Director Trevor Stoney said:”We really would like to thank them for taking the trouble to return the cup to us, presumably it had been forgotten about and maybe ended up in the skip during a house clearance. We are trying to find out more about who it was last presented to in 1927, just to fill in more of the history. One thing is for certain we will be keeping a close eye on it in the future to make sure it doesn’t get lost again.”