7.00 am the start of a long day
On the day we had calls from, and interviews with most of the media, have you ‘found your marbles’ was the most common question asked. In the end the Manager of the local Tesco Store at Three Bridges, came to our rescue with a few bags of Maltesers
There were 15 teams playing in this year British and World Marbles Championship at the Greyhound, Tinsley green. They were the Moonshiners, Caterham Rejects, Six Foot Ringers, Cruisers, Black Dog Boozers, Handcross Rebels, Tinsley Tigers, Shorts ‘n’ Shades, North Street Nobbers, North Street Knockers, Cheap Sheep, Hoarwithy 49ers, Barrel Scrapers, Turners Hill Tollymen and the Wunch of Bankers.
The weather was fine- even sunny first games got under way at about 11am.
In the few days after the championship we had lots of phone calls asking us to clarify the results and tell what had happened about the ‘lost marbles’. We told who won, Team winners, Individuals and the rest, we also confirmed that we used some old practice marbles and not ‘Maltesers’, which were prone to melt in the sun. Beri rang from the States “Did you really use ‘Candy’” she asked. “It’s been in all the newspapers over here”.
At home on Easter Monday at around 6 pm we were just about to have dinner when the phone rang. “Can I ask about the marbles “ the person on the other end said, I asked them to ring back in about half an hour and had my dinner. When they rang back Julia spoke to them for about 30 minuets, when she had finished she said that it was a live breakfast interview for Austrians Radio. So it seems that the event did in fact go ‘World’ wide.
As a footnote, it was not until some months later that the marbles were found. It would seem that the box was turned over when some of the contents came out. The label was now underneath and could not been seen and so the parcel was sent to Peterborough, where it would seem that all lost parcels go. After some time an enterprising member of the workforce turned the box over and ‘wow’ there they were the ‘lost marbles’. A few days later a rather sham faced driver call to deliver them and asked, “Are these the marbles that all the fuss was about”, we heard nothing from Parcel Force, who seemed to gloss over the whole affair.