Jeffrey Archer rescues swan in Grantchester
Novelist Jeffrey Archer came to the rescue of a swan last week after it had wandered into the middle of a busy road.
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).
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.
“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.”