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Novelist Jeffrey Archer came to the rescue of a swan last week after it had wandered into the middle of a busy road.

Jeffrey Archer saving a swan in Grantchester
Jeffrey Archer saving a swan in Grantchester

The swan escaped from the River Cam while chasing its mate and ended up in the main Grantchester road on a very dangerous corner, about 100 yards away from Jeffrey’s home, The Old Vicarage (famously immortalised by the poet Rupert Brooke).

Jeffrey Archer rescues a swan from the middle of the road in Grantchester
Jeffrey Archer rescues a swan from the middle of the road in Grantchester

Lord Archer, 80, spotted the bird, and was able to flag down a passing motorist just in time. But it was still another 20 minutes before a motorist came to his aid with a rake and helped him guide the swan slowly back to the river.

The swan rescued by Jeffrey Archer in Grantchester
The swan rescued by Jeffrey Archer in Grantchester

“Saving the Grantchester swan has been the highlight of my lockdown," Jeffrey, told the Cambridge Independent, adding: "I was delighted to see the swan’s mate this morning (Tuesday, February 23) building a nest so we look forward to cygnets in the near future.”

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