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YOU never know what something that has been stuck away in a cupboard or drawer could be worth!

The Guardian tells us that a small walrus tusk warrior figure, which was bought for £5 in 1964, has now been revealed possibly worth as much as £1m.

The Lewis chessmen hoard was found in 1831 in the Outer Hebrides and the carved pieces soon became museum collections in London and Edinburgh.

The original hoard comprised 93 objects with the whereabouts of five pieces always a mystery. But auction house Sotheby’s has announced it had authenticated a missing piece which will be sold next month for anything between £600,000 and £1m.

The missing high piece was purchased for £5 around 55 years ago.

It was originally labelled “antique walrus tusk warrior chessman” and bought in Edinburgh by an antiques dealer who passed it down through his family.

Alexander Kader, the Sotheby’s expert who first examined the piece for the family, said he knew straight away what it was. “I said: ‘Oh my goodness, it’s one of the Lewis chessmen.’”

He added it was “one of the most exciting and personal rediscoveries to have been made during my career”.

The British media has been full of stories about the commemoration of the D-Day landings and the BBC reports on a man, born on June 6 1944 who was given the name Dee-Day after his father visited several pubs on the way to registering his birth.

Dee-Day White (75) from Hastings in East Sussex, says his father Bert repeatedly heard about “D-Day” on the wireless and it stuck in his mind.

Mr White said he hated the name as a child but “now I wear my name with pride” and has even given his son the same name.

And the BBC also tells us that next year’s early May bank holiday will be moved back by four days in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to coincide with the 75th anniversary of VE Day, which marks the day towards the end of World War Two when fighting against Nazi Germany came to an end in Europe. The holiday will form part of a three-day weekend of commemorative events.

Government minister Greg Clark said: “It will ensure as many people as possible have the opportunity to remember and honour our heroes of the Second World War and reflect on the sacrifices of a generation.”

An article in The Independent newspaper explains that a Lake District viewpoint immortalised by the artist JMW Turner is to be opened up to the public after being acquired by the National Trust.

The view from Brackenthwaite Hows was captured by the young Turner in a watercolour on his first visit to the Lake District in 1797.

Now, the Trust has purchased the 77 acres of land at Brackenthwaite for £202,000, with a third of the value of the sale being donated back to the charity by one of the previous owners.

Tom Burditt, general manager for the National Trust in the North Lakes, said: “We know it was visited by Turner and formed a popular stopping off point for early Lake District tourists in the Georgian and Victorian eras..

“We’ll work hard to support this area of high cultural and ecological importance, which neighbours woodland, fells and lakes that we already look after.”

The Daily Star has issued a warning that a huge swarm of jellyfish several miles wide, has been spotted off New Quay, Ceredigion, mid-Wales.

Sea life watcher Josh Pedley was taking part in a survey on cetaceans – ocean mammals such as dolphins, whales and porpoises – with the Sea Watch Foundation.

“Everywhere there were huge barrel jellyfish, and then loads washed up on the beaches,” said Josh.

Experts at the Marine Biological Association said they may have come close to shore looking for food or driven by bad weather or strong currents.

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