Above is a photograph of the ‘Stars of ’79 certificate’. After being signed by the squad and guests it became top prize in the well subscribed tombola. Only four copies of that certificate were made and all were signed. The value of this collectors’ item will undoubtedly increase with time.
The remaining three were earmarked as a ‘Thank you’ to the co-organisers and to Mr. Halliday who gave invaluable assistance before during and after the event.
Those certificates were locked in the Provost’s room for the duration of the evening, accessible only to a select few, YET THEY DISAPPEARED WITHOUT TRACE!
During the inevitable ‘post mortem’, Sean Donnelly purportedly concluded that ‘The last person to have seen them was Stuart Duncan’. Be that as it may, witnesses confirm that Donnelly boasted of ‘having been offered (on the evening) more than £100’ for his copy.
How can one offer money for something one doesn’t know exists. It takes two to tango!!
If the foregoing appears somewhat suspicious, the following is utterly bizarre.
Duncan, Goodwin, Morrison, and Donnelly were desperate to ‘drop J.G. in it’, and knew all about the disappearance. WHY were the police not informed of another apparent theft?
Armed with a golden opportunity to cast further doubt on his integrity the ‘likely lads’ who glibly lied to the police about J.G. ‘having had to come by a large sum of money’, kept schtum!
It doesn’t compute, but nothing computes in the ‘Stars fiasco’ if you discount ‘Piniccio’ Robinson’s ‘Fairy Tale’ compilations!
One thing is certain – those certificates did not sprout legs and stride off, nor did they self-combust!
If you have been offered one of those, or have any helpful information, please contact D.I. John Dearie of Strathclyde C.I.D.