South Yorkshire Times, 29th May 1965
Trophy Lost at Conisbrough
The trophy which 15-years-old John Edwards and his pal won in the local “Soap Box Derby” would have had pride of place on the mantelpiece at his Conanby, Conisbrough home, but John, the boy with a jinx, has not yet had the chance to show off the trophy awarded for the best looking soap box at the Denaby Derby.
It has disappeared. John, a pupil of Conisbrough Northcliffe High School, who lives at 52, Scott avenue, Conanby, was taking home the trophy with several others from a youth club when it vanished. The trophies had been on display there. “There was no trace of it when I got home on Monday night,” John told the “South Yorkshire Times”. “I suppose it must have dropped out of my pocket, but so far no-one has returned it.”
John’s father Mr. Phillip Edwards added, “When he was at Morley Place School he won a runners-up medal in the Denaby United Schools’ competition – but he lost that.”
The trophy, an inscribed revolving disc on a pedestal, mounted on a black base, was the twin of that presented to 15-years-old Bernard Jones, of 1, The Crescent, Conanby.
Bernard was John’s partner in building and racing their prize-winning soap box. The two lads also won awards for the second fastest aggregate time in the event held on Conisbrough craggs a fortnight ago.
West Riding Police at Conisbrough have been informed of the loss, which probably occurred between West Street, Conisbrough, and The Crescent.