A MAN is eager to trace the history of a 1938 carnival which led to his dad winning a huge trophy.
But it was only presented to him days later outside a pub after he disproved allegations that he'd cheated.
Elland milkman George Ramsden Jagger won the Sykes Cooper Cup at the 1938 Huddersfield and District CS Carnival.
The trophy is inscribed that George was the `outright winner' and came first in the Tradesman's Turnout.
This involved him driving his horse and cart using the same equipment - such as the harness and whip - that he would use for work.
But his son, retired policeman John Jagger, who is now the coroner's officer for Calderdale, said someone from Huddersfield transport firm Hanson's objected and claimed his father was using his Sunday best gear.
The judges reserved their decision and no trophy was presented on the day.
Mr Jagger said: "My dad was in a pub a few days later when someone came in and said there were some fellows outside wanting to speak to him. When he went out it was the carnival officials who presented him with the cup.
"They had been spying on him during his milk round to make sure the gear he used on carnival day was the same he used during his daily work."
John is eager to find out more about the carnival.
He said: "I don't know what CS stands for - I don't think it means Co-operative Society.
"My dad told me several of the trophies were displayed in shop windows in Huddersfield before the carnival so there may be other trophies from different classes still around.
"I'd just like to research all I can about that day. I think the event may have been a one-off."
John's dad died aged 93 in 2002.
John joined the police in Halifax in 1964 and also served in Bradford, Wakefield, Keighley and Sowerby Bridge. He retired in 1995 when he became the coroner's officer for Calderdale.
John can be e-mailed at email@example.com