Sad to say, but bad news sells. Newspapers reply on murder, theft, deceit and hatred to keep readers’ attention. So it’s refreshing to hear a good news story – especially when it’s taken place on your doorstep.
The Lot-et-Garonne village of Castillonnès, where we stay, is at the centre of a story that has made the news internationally.
A British couple in the village recently bought the empty coach house opposite their home. Originally the coach house had belonged to their house, but over the years it had been sold off. They decided to buy it back again.
As part of the restoration, they began removing loose stones in the exposed walls – and discovered a teal blue purse. Inside were Spanish gold coins from the 1600s.
“They removed loose stones in the walls – and discovered a blue purse. Inside were Spanish gold coins from the 1600s”
The find has thrust the couple, Jenny and Ron Whetton, into the national spotlight. Camera crews have been in the village reporting on the story. Local councillor Dick Bogg, who gives historical tours of the village in the summer, has also been interviewed, giving background on the village.
The story was even picked up by Radio 4 in the UK.
The good news has indeed travelled fast. Local hardware stores are reporting a sharp rise in sales of metal detectors…