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Ken, Madge and the Strange Rock

Peregrine Andrews follows the story of a mysterious find on Morecambe beach by one man and his dog, featuring the possibility of sudden wealth and the ensuing media circus.

In January 2013 on Morecambe beach, Ken Wilman and his dog Madge found something they believed to be ambergris - an extremely unusual, rare and valuable product of sperm whales. What happened next turned Ken's world upside down.

Overnight, the story hit the international news with excitement at the prospect of a happy financial outcome for Ken. But things turned out not to be so straightforward.

Peregrine Andrews followed the story from the beginning - and he discovered that authenticating and selling one of the world's most mysterious substances is far from easy.

Produced by Peregrine Andrews
A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4.

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28 minutes

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Sun 9 Aug 2015 13:30


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