[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Thursday, 15 March 2007, 14:23 GMT
Wales@Westminster newslog

The Wales@Westminster weblog, BBC Wales' Parliamentary correspondent David Cornock's diary on political life

Thursday, 15 March

Horseshoe pass

posted by David | 1415 GMT |

Tory leader David Cameron may have paid only a flying visit to Cardiff last week, but he didn't leave empty-handed.

Clwyd West MP, David Jones last week presented him with the gift of a horseshoe.

Mr Jones tells me that his constituent Helen Moller, of Bontuchel, Ruthin, found the horseshoe on New Year's Eve 2001, embedded deep in an old tree, which a member of her family was chopping for logs.

David Cameron
David Cameron was said to be 'delighted' with his gift

The old horseshoe appears to date back to the nineteenth century, when her cottage was a smithy.

Ruthin craftsman, Ian Pickstock, of Lôn Parcwr, made a box of Welsh oak (hopefully from a sustainable forest) and ash to contain the horseshoe.

David Jones said: "David Cameron was highly delighted with the gift of the horseshoe, particularly since it was contained in such a beautifully crafted box. It is now on display in his office".

Students of these things will notice that since the photograph, Mr Cameron has changed the way he parts his hair - moving from the right to the left in following Mr Jones's lead.

We probably shouldn't read too much into that.

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit


Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific