Sailing trophy returns to Bo’ness

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A BO’NESS sailing trophy, over 100 years old, has come full circle to the town’s boat club, after decades in Canada.

The handsome piece of silverware was presented to Bridgeness Yacht Club in 1904 by James Dick.

Last week it was returned to the Upper Forth Boat Club which was formed in 1952 by the joining of Bridgeness, Bo’ness Motor Cruising Club and the Upper Forth Sailing Club.

The trophy had been won by members of the Spowart family in 1908. Shortly afterwards they emigrated to Canada, so the cup found itself on the other side of the Atlantic.

It stayed in the family’s possession, before returning to the UK a couple of years ago.

Walter Stanners arranged its return via his relative June Brown of Grangemouth.

Club secretary Charlie Simpson said: “The members of the club cherish our history and it was really great to have such an important part of it returned to us.

“This trophy is now our oldest record and it makes the club one of the oldest on the river.”

Prior to last week’s reacquaintance with the 1904 cup, the oldest record was another cup presented to Bridgeness Yacht Club in 1907, by J P Smith Esq.

This is on loan to Falkirk Community Trust and currently displayed in Kinneil Museum.