On 2nd August, we organised a Dawn Walk last weekend to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the discovery of Lindow Man, Britain’s first bog body, in Wilmslow. We started out in darkness by the lake, where David Reynolds from Wilmslow Green Room read a piece about Llyn Dhu, The Black Lake, and then walked on to the Moss as the dawn broke. After more readings by the site of the peat cutting, we walked to the bog pools to be met by druids from the Wildwood Seed group, who led a dramatic and evocative druid celebration of Lindow Man and the generations of people who lived , worked and, in the case of Lindow Man, died on the Moss. A wreath, made by Jean Hill from willow, reeds and wild flowers growing on the Moss, was then placed in a bog pool similar to the one where Lindow man’s body was deposited after his death.
The druid celebration was really dramatic and moving, pointing out the importance of caring for our environment, and the effect that our collective carelessness has had on this very special landscape. The Wildwood group had brought water from local and distant rivers which they mixed in a bowl, and then poured on to the Moss as an act of healing: very apt, as it will be restoration of the water levels that will be key in the restoration of the Moss.
We walked back towards the town in the early morning light, stopped for another reading by David Reynolds, and then repaired to the Friends Meeting House for a congenial and much needed breakfast. It was a really memorable and very special day. Particular thanks are due to John Handley for leading the walk and preparing the readings, to Paul Hughes from the CEC Rangers Service, to the Wildwood Seed Group, to David Reynolds and Jill Ollerenshaw from the Green Room, and many Transition Wilmslow members who helped with the organisation and publicity for the event.
Lindow Man also made it to the BBC World Service “Witness” Programme (where Rick Turner, who discovered Lindow Man, was interviewed): http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/worldservice/witness/witness_20140806-0750a.mp3,
And a guest blog post on the Manchester Museum blog: http://lindowmanchester.wordpress.com/2014/08/12/809/
A further piece of work written by Rick Turner about the day he found Lindow Man is available here: Lindow Man Thirty Years On