Ladies Plate Trophy (Tyne Regatta)
The Ladies Plate was a superb three-handled silver trophy competed for at Tyne Regatta by maiden or novice fours. The trophy was stolen from Bede College (that year's winners) in the 1980s and was never recovered. This led to the cessation of the practice of giving out trophies "on trust" to be returned to the regatta the following year. Sadly, in many cases this also led to the end of every trophy being engraved by the winning club. The system had been frequently abused by the failure of many clubs to return trophies in time to many regattas.