Piece of history found just in time for Relay

The last Morpeth Olympics cup, which was handed to Ernest Rutherford in 1887. It was passed on to his son and later his grandson Alan Rutherford , who now has it seen with his wife Irving Rutherford after he found it in their loft at Kings Avenue, Morpeth.
The last Morpeth Olympics cup, which was handed to Ernest Rutherford in 1887. It was passed on to his son and later his grandson Alan Rutherford , who now has it seen with his wife Irving Rutherford after he found it in their loft at Kings Avenue, Morpeth.

A PIECE of Morpeth sporting history was found just in time for the Olympic Torch Relay.

The final trophy for the 120 yards race at the Morpeth Olympics was given to the 1887 winner Ernest Rutherford, who lived in Oldgate. The victorious sprinters in the following years received a cash prize.

Mr Rutherford passed it on to his son, also called Ernest, and it then came into the possession of the younger Ernest’s son Neil.

When Neil died, the cup went to his brother Alan and it was stored away.

After moving house, Alan and his wife Irving knew it was somewhere in their King’s Avenue bungalow and although it took them a little while, they located the trophy earlier this week.

“We had been looking for the cup with the Torch Relay coming up and when we recently read in the Herald that it would be going along Howard Terrace just down from where we live, it made us more determined to find it,” said Mrs Rutherford.

“It was a great relief when we found it in the loft and we then took it down to the Town Hall. A man from the Greater Morpeth Development Trust was very excited when we showed him the trophy.”

Her husband added: “With our connection to the Morpeth Olympics, we’ll certainly be there watching the Torch on its journey along Howard Terrace.”