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Scott posted..

A medal from the 1928 Hazel Grove Musical Festival has been found in The Netherlands. The 101 year old grandmother, Lena Goossens, has no idea how she came by the medal which was found in her jewellery box.

Her granddaughter Marly Goossens contacted festival organisers in Stockport earlier this month, attaching a picture of the pristine first prize medal. She doesn't remember how she got the medal, but says she used to drink coffee with two British soldiers based in Woensel during the war - one of whom was named Bob Trusson.

In an email Marly, 23, said: "A couple of weeks ago I was visiting my grandmother. She's almost 102-years-old.

"We were looking at her jewellery and found something that looks like a medal. I Googled it and it came up at your website. The medal is 86-years-old. I found that amazing!

"Unfortunately my grandma doesn't know how she got it. She thinks she got it in the Second World War."

The medal was handed to Edna Goodman in the Girls Solo category 86 years ago. John Riches, the festival chairman, is now appealing for help in tracking down members of Edna Goodman's family.

John said: "Unfortunately, with so many people coming and going, our records just don't go back that far.

"Somebody out there must have known Edna as a girl. I was amazed when I received the email – it was wonderful.

"We'd love to find out more – at the moment, it's all a bit of a mystery. This woman is not related to Edna Goodman, so how she got it is anyone's guess.

"It's great to be able to look back on the history of the festival and we'd love to know how the medal made its way to The Netherlands."