Thursday, July 26, 2007

Blowing our own trumpet...well, somebody has to

We did have a posting about the legend of Kilgrimol lined up for this week, but events have overtaken us (as always) so that’ll have to wait until next Friday now. Instead, as readers of the Evening Gazette will already know, Wyre Archaeology is now well and truly famous, David Parry and his kids no doubt receiving a nasty shock on Thursday night when they discovered themselves on the front page. (To be honest we didn’t realise the family portrait hard at work on a Bourne Hill trench was amongst the stuff we’d given to Tom Halstead the Gazette reporter. Neither, unfortunately, did the Parrys.) We’ve been informed that the editors realised after they’d seen the photograph of my own ugly, windswept mush that featuring me on the front cover would scare too many children and result in a downtrend of sales…so they went with the more suitable option.
Anyhow…here’s the aforementioned front cover in case you missed it. Just click on the thumbnail below, because it’s way too small to read if you don’t. (Incidentally, apologies for the crease right across the middle. True to form we got caught up in a torrential downpour after visiting the newsagents, and it was touch and go as to whether the paper would even survive.)

And so to page fifteen where Tom Halstead did a wonderful job of summing up our excavation reports (thanks Tom if you’re reading this). Again, just click on the thumbnail for the larger version (and, again, apologies for the poor reproduction because newspapers are a bugger to scan, but hopefully it should still be legible) and try to ignore the gurning idiot on the right hand side of the photograph…

So, recognition at last for our Iron Age settlement at Bourne Hill!
Regular members of Wyre Archaeology (or at least those who braved the elements for the last meeting) will already know that Neil Thompson has vowed to take James Parr’s mechanical digger up the hill to continue the excavation. As it transpires we'll be going up there sooner than expected. Any members who are interested/available, therefore, should meet us on Saturday 11th August at 10.00 a.m outside the old entrance to Bourne Hall.
The excavation will, of course, rely on the weather, so if it's pouring down we might have to postpone matters until it stops.
For more information please contact either Ken Emery (Secretary), Gary Thornton (Treasurer) or Neil Thompson (Chairman).


John said...

Wow! The "Atlantis of the coast" will certainly get peoples attention!

Excellent article... much congratulations and well wishes for a successful followup.

Cheers, and well done, JOHN :0)

Bwca said...

I have my virtual shovel and virtual Wellies on, but there had better be After-Dig Drinks on.

... and where's Baldrick in all this anyhow?

Brian Hughes said...


Ta very much. (It was quite good wasn't it?) Our follow up might be sooner than you think. We already believe we've successfully tracked down Camelot. Apparently it's off the M32 and has connections to the National Lottery.


Virtual after-dig drinks will, of course, be available in the virtual saloon. As for Baldrick, nowadays he's retired to a large turnip in the country.

Brian (fame and glory beckons) Hughes

Bwca said...

I hope the saloon is a boggart-free zone - they tend to hang about disturbing the vibes.
We Bwcas know when to diasppear.

Brian Hughes said...


It will indeed be a boggart-free zone as the landlord refuses to serve spirits after hours.

JahTeh said...

Have passport, will travel.

Just send the money for the ticket and three luscious young men to carry me and my baggage. Make that four, I have a lot of baggage.

Brian Hughes said...


Not many 'luscious young men' available in Wyre Archaeology, I'm afraid. We have a few octogenarians and several clapped-out middle-aged lushes, but nothing that'd fit the 'luscious young men' brief. Unfortunately most of our members also come with their own personal baggage, so it might get a bit crowded on the hill top.