Oh no, I hear you say. Not again! My apologies if you’ve seen this before, but it was a blog post I lost and I think it deserves a reprise … especially for newcomers and is also representative of a type of blog post that I do. I thought it was on here; evidently not.
Last week I made a Tweet from the UK Daily Mirror newspaper in which they asked if you could legally keep money, jewellery or lottery tickets you might discover on the street. “Does the adage of ‘finders keepers, losers weepers’ actually stand up in court?” they asked.
Les Sarkany refers to himself as a ‘bluenoser’ detectorist from Halifax in Nova Scotia who has visited the UK on a couple of occasions. He takes his nickname from the celebrated fishing and racing schooner ‘Bluenose’ built in Nova Scotia, which has since become an important icon for the province as well as Canada as a whole. In 2011 I commissioned him to write an article about his experiences for the UK Searcher magazine. what follows is uncut, but remember that it was written seven years ago and things change. For example, Les no longer works as a security officer at Halifax Airport.
Les Graydon of County Fermanagh in Northern Ireland had been detecting for about two and a half years when he made a significant find of a Celtic brooch on boggy-type land – with his Garrett Ace 250. The discovery attracted a lot of attention, and for many reasons. “My friends and I often search in mud covered up to the eyeballs,” he ruefully commented.