The mystery of the whereabouts of the Gladys McCullough Challenge Cup for the best-decorated street over the Twelfth period has finally been resolved.
And this week the Craigavon Borough Council stalwart finally got to presenting it again. To Mourneview Street in Portadown.
Mrs McCullough stepped down from the council in 1989 – after topping the Portadown Ward poll in the previous, 1985, poll – citing political fatigue as the reason.
But after David Simpson stepped down from the council, following his elevation to Westminster in 2005, she was co-opted back to the Civic Centre and was re-elected in the 2011 poll.
Due to all that action, her Challenge Cup went missing, until it was recovered from the a loft, and the “new” competition was won by Mourneview Street.
Said Mrs McCullough, “Apparently, it lay all those years forgotten about, but we realised that Union Street had won it in 1987 and lo and behold, it turned up.
“Mourneview Street has always been famed for its decorations and arch, especially when the arch went up many year ago, resplendent with its illumined, revolving crown.
“The street looked really well and the judges were really impressed. It gives the area a sense of pride and a sense of community.”
Runner-up was Jervis Street, and the shield for second spot was presented by Councillor Darryn Causby.