04 January 2011, Rhossili Lookout, watchkeepers Jane Evans and Brian Rees.

The public are most generous in their support of the Rhossili Lookout of the National Coastwatch Institution and are often seen dropping coins in the collecting box. On this day our eagle eyed watchkeepers spotted not simply coins being deposited, but notes.

Unable to resist they made a subtle approach to the donor to fathom this extra display of generosity.

And it is all down to the BBC Radio programme 'The Archers'...

The Archers is a British soap opera broadcast on the BBC's main spoken-word channel, Radio 4. It was originally billed as "an everyday story of country folk", but is now described on its Radio 4 web site as "contemporary drama in a rural setting". With more than 16,000 episodes, it is both the world's longest running radio soap and, since the axing of the American soap opera Guiding Light in September 2009, the world's longest running soap opera in any format. [Ref. Wikipedia]

On the 2nd. of January 2011 'The Archers' celebrated its 60th anniversary with a thrilling double episode! As in keeping with other soap operas there was much speculation as to what doom and disaster would befall the residence of the fictional town of Ambridge.

To this end holiday makers staying at the Old Rectory Rhossili West Gower held a sweep stake amongst themselves to guess the outcome of this forthcoming event. Their guesses were a collective failure leading to the dilemma of what to do with their combined stake money. And this is where National Coastwatch at Rhossili enters the story. It was decided to give the money to a charity and Coastwatch was the beneficiary.

So what disaster did befall? The long standing character Nigel Pargetter along with David his brother-in-law, are on the roof of his stately home removing the New Year banner when Nigel loses his footing when the wind blows the banner into his face. Nigel clings on as David desperately tries to reach him but it's too late, the wind carries a terrified Nigel over the edge. And did Nigel die? Yes.

Perhaps there is lesson here for us all. When walking along cliffs, Worms Head and mansion roofs, be careful you don't fall off!