Eagle-eyed Lynn youngster donates car boot buy to museum

Trophies which were bought at a car boot sale being presented to True's Yard Museum King's Lynn
Morgan Eglen (6) presenting the cups to True's Yard Manager Lindsey Bavin ANL-160428-070949009
Trophies which were bought at a car boot sale being presented to True's Yard Museum King's Lynn Morgan Eglen (6) presenting the cups to True's Yard Manager Lindsey Bavin ANL-160428-070949009

An eagle-eyed youngster from Lynn has donated his chance buy from a car boot to the True’s Yard Museum in town.

Morgan Eglen, 6, spotted and bought two cribbage trophies from a car boot at King Edward VII Academy on Sunday purely because they contained the word ‘docks’ on them.

The trophies in question – a 1961 Lynn docks ladies trophy and a 1954 Lynn dockers men’s challenge cup – have since been given to the museum.

Morgan’s dad Clive explained: “I collect old trophies for boxing and also motorsport, so naturally I thought he was picking them up for me.

“When he picked them up he said to me “they’ve got the word docks on, that’s where we got to eat our fish and chips.”

“As a rule, we normally go to the Bentick Docks and eat them. I had no hesitation in buying them for him as they were only 50 pence each.

“They are two fantastic cups and stand about 14 inches high.”

Delighted with his bargain purchase, the Eastgate Primary School pupil took his treasured trophies home before asking if he could give them to the museum.

“Morgan thought we were going to give them to the museum near the bus station after going there in the past, but I explained to him that we would take them to the museum near the docks,”said Clive.

“He was over the moon about donating them. He wants to see them sitting on show in one of the glass cabinets.”

Lyndsey Babin, manager at the museum, said: “We were very surprised and pleased with the two trophies. It was a fantastic find because in so many cases items like these get lost or disregarded. We’ve got a variety of trophies from different teams on display and these will add to our great collection.”

She added: “We’ve had to restrict what we accept at the moment because we are working on our arcive.

“We are in the process of trying to make sure that objects like these are here for another 100 years.

“Unfortunately, we have had to turn some people and their items away, but were delighted to receive these.”

True’s Yard Museum is virtually all that remains of Lynn’s once-extensive old fishing community.

The heritage site and town museum, which first opened in 1991, is celebrating its Silver Jubilee this year.

To ensure it continues to serve the public for another 25 years, the trustees recently launched a Silver Jubilee Appeal for £100,000 to invest in the future.