A YOUNG girl has been reunited with a trophy after it went missing through the pandemic.

The trophy is for carriage driving and was presented by the Langholm show, but when it was sent to be engraved, the pandemic hit and she wasn’t able to get it back.

Through a sting of unfortunate events, it ended up in the hands of the British Heart Foundation charity shop in Workington.

Chris Jacobson, a sales assistant, took up the challenge to research the trophy, find out about its history and hopefully return it to its owner.

Chris said: “I was determined to find the rightful owner of the cup called the Stevenson and Johnston cup.

“My first thought was it could be a hound trailing cup. Sadly, after speaking to a friend in that field, it was not the case. "

In May, the BHF was asked to clear a shop after the owner sadly passed away.

The shop had been closed throughout the pandemic. The BHF received many items from this clearance all of which will be sold to raise vital funds for the charity.

When sorting through the donations received, they came across the trophy and they wanted to find its owner.

He said: “I then made inquires over the name of the cup which led me to a solicitors and estate agent in Dumfries (of the same name Stevenson & Johnston) this drew a blank.

“So, after some more investigating, I got a lead to the Cockermouth Show as a couple of the names on the trophy had won prizes at the show. After speaking to Leah Coe, who is in charge of the equine side of the show, she recognised a couple of the names.

“This led to a call with Clare Barlow, who had been searching for the cup and had tried to contact the closed shop.

“The trophy had gone in for engraving before the pandemic and was never collected or returned. Her daughter, Molly Barlow, aged nine, had won the cup on several occasions in the past with her pony Derwentside Danny who is still alive and well at the age of 39.”