Stanground Church (where I went a few times to Sunday school) was very close to a large field and, in 1955, there was some kind of family day event there which included a kids fancy dress competition.
I think that we had an advantage having a seamstress Mum who worked in the theater business because, although she did make Valerie’s Indian Maid costume complete with papoose and with Mary-Lou* in it, the beaded necklaces and other accessories were theater props! My Court Jester outfit was I believe 100% theater prop!
The local newspaper (Peterborough Citizen & Advertiser) was there and, as Valerie came 1st (I only got an “honourable mention!) they wanted to take a photograph of her. At Mum’s insistence, they included me in the picture!
It was also around this time that I started finding things! Somebody must have explained to me that if I find something, then I should take it to the local Police Station because that is where people go when they have lost things.
I found some sun glasses, numerous keys, penknives, scissors, pens, pencils and money over the course of time, all of which were taken to the Police Station. I guess I was there on a regular basis because they greeted me like a long lost friend whenever I turned up with my latest find! They told me that if anything was not claimed within a few weeks, it would be given back to me to keep. I believe I acquired an old screwdriver once, and a number of pens and pencils, but never anything else so I guess all the other items were claimed!
*Mary-Lou was Valerie’s doll from as far back as I can remember and was always her favorite.