Top explorer lost in deepest Lancashire

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 31 March, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 31 March, 1993, 12:00am

HAVING booked April 2 in my diary to go the Sheraton Luncheon Club to have celebrated explorer and adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes engage us with tales of his daring feats, I am now having serious second thoughts.

My reservation as to whether he will actually make it to Hongkong stems from reports I have received from England about Sir Ran getting hopelessly lost last week when heading from London to deliver a speech in Cleethorpes, Humberside.

Sir Ran - who only last month completed a 2,200-kilometre trek across the frozen and barren wastes of the Antarctic - instead found himself in Blackpool, Lancashire, 180 km from Cleethorpes.

It must have been the clearly marked road signs that got poor Sir Ran confused.

Perhaps Richard Finny, the Sheraton's PR and promotions director, should re-locate the luncheon to the middle of the Arctic. That way there is a good chance of Sir Ran actually making it.

Besides, he'll only need to set up a table for two.