The banner disappeared for a long time, in my early years on the forum (2013-16) its whereabouts was often questioned.
When the Northern Powerhouse meets started in 2016, I occasionally noticed Junkman and Conelrad making reference to something AS related, but always spoken obliquely - 'do you still have it?' 'yes I do'. This went on for a while and I was curious. They wouldn't say what was going on.
I was talking to watgongsidecorporation late one night at Shitefest '17 in Lincolnshire, Jon having shown up at the eleventh hour in his 305 having had nothing to eat for several hours and with nothing but a Mexican blanket to sleep under. Feeling peckish after countless Bud Lights (I'd managed to buy 50 cans for £7.50 from a Tesco reduced shelf somehow), I started on a large bag of Doritos - Jon asked for some and ended up eating the whole bag.
Somehow Jon ended up telling the story of the banner and he explained it was once his - I don't recall exactly what was said, but he said that he didn't want to have the banner any more so asked someone nearby to take it away from him. Something clicked in my head.
I know where it is, and nobody else does.
When daveb47 had stopped fucking about and the site was back up, I sent a PM to Junkman: 'I know you have the banner'.
'Yes. What do you want it for?'
'To take to shows and stuff'.
As it happened, someone at Shitefest foisted an XJ40 wing onto me (Richard K? ChinaTom? I can't quite remember) and asked me to take it to the Junktowers, which I did on my way home. I nabbed the banner while I was there.
I didn't tell anyone - I thought it best that way, and waited for the right moment for it to resurface - after all I was the last person anyone would have expected to have it back then. I can't remember entirely where it made its return but that may well have been Chumley 2017 - I remember it being taken in exceptionally good humour by showgoers and shiters alike.
It was a triumphant return.
It's been to every AS gathering I've been to since, and I still have it now.