If I hear the words “metal detector”, I instantly get an image of a small child wearing an orange-lined snorkel parka holding aloft a small Roman coin on the local news. Yes, back in the 70s, it was all the rage to walk slowly across beaches and fields in the hope of finding a bit of treasure to pay for the family holiday. But the reality was a succession of bottle tops, scrap metal and terminal boredom.
Not so says ex-Rolling Stone Bill Wyman – it’s great fun, especially if you’re using a Bill Wyman Signature metal detector. The stern-faced bassist points out that around 58,000 finds were reported to the Portable Antiquities Scheme last year – 93 per cent of which have been found by metal detectorsists.
“Metal-detecting is not just for anoraks or eccentrics; it’s probably the best and the most enjoyable way of learning about our history,” says Wyman. “On any garden, country field, footpath, woodlands, beach or moor land you can find a huge variety of historical objects, all easily located with this high quality metal detector.”
The Bill Wyman Signature Detector is easy to use – just switch it on and you’re away. You can select between field or beach settings to get the best coverage depending on the terrain and there’s a high-pitched tone indicating if you’ve hit metal.
It also comes with a free DVD and full support from Wyman’s website. If you want one, they retail for £125.