Scouts prepare to repaint Long Man of Wilmington landmark

Scouts prepare to repaint Long Man of Wilmington landmark

Scouts prepare to repaint Long Man of Wilmington landmark

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An ancient chalk carving thought to be an Iron Age symbol of fertility will be repainted by the Scouts.

The Long Man of Wilmington was painted green during the Second World War so German bombers could not use it as a landmark.

Now 40 Scouts will freshen up the 235-foot man-shaped image cut into the South Downs.

Action man and chief Scout Bear Grylls said: “Volunteering is at the heart of Scouting and this is a great way for Scouts to get out and do something for their community.”

The origin of England’s tallest chalk hill figure – one of the largest in the world – has puzzled historians and archaeologists for generations.

It was once thought the man, who holds two ‘staves’ and appears in proportion from below, was an Anglo Saxon warrior or Roman folly.

But more recent research suggests it dates back to the mid-16th century.

The carving underwent a controversial makeover in 2007 when 100 women gave the Long Man a temporary female form, using their bodies to add pigtails, breasts and hips as part Trinny and Susannah’s ITV fashion show Undress the Nation.

Angry druids and pagans protested over the “disrespectful” TV stunt and the Sussex Archaeological Society apologised for allowing the filming to take place.

The restoration job is a flagship project for Scout Community Week which includes more than 3,000 projects and more than 160,000 Scouts across the county.

Margaret Paren, chairman of the South Downs National Park Authority, said: “The Long Man of Wilmington is an iconic figure in the South Downs National Park and we’re very grateful to our local Scouts for giving up their time to give him a facelift.”

Tristan Bareham, chief executive officer of Sussex Past, said: “We’re delighted to see local Scouts getting involved in our project with the South Downs National Park to maintain and preserve the Long Man.”

B&Q will donate the paint and the Scouts will get to work on Saturday, June 1.

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7:21pm Thu 30 May 13

Poetic License says...

Three Cheers! For the Boy Scouts of Sussex, for doing this great public deed,

It is actions like this that inspire us, you are heroes to all...yes indeed!

For generations you have been considered, someone for others to look up to,

You complete every task that is asked and you don't just attempt...But YOU DO!
Three Cheers! For the Boy Scouts of Sussex, for doing this great public deed, It is actions like this that inspire us, you are heroes to all...yes indeed! For generations you have been considered, someone for others to look up to, You complete every task that is asked and you don't just attempt...But YOU DO! Poetic License
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9:01pm Thu 30 May 13

PorkBoat says...

Will they repaint it's **** that prudes in past times got rid of?
Will they repaint it's **** that prudes in past times got rid of? PorkBoat
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9:35pm Thu 30 May 13

John Steed says...

as an former scout and proud of it I applaud this action which will be appreciated by many.
as an former scout and proud of it I applaud this action which will be appreciated by many. John Steed
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1:49am Fri 31 May 13

withn says...

I'd have thought this government would get all those scroungers in wheelchairs to do it for free or stop their benefits.

Yes where is his missing vitals from the photo.
I'd have thought this government would get all those scroungers in wheelchairs to do it for free or stop their benefits. Yes where is his missing vitals from the photo. withn
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7:49am Fri 31 May 13

chilliman says...

PorkBoat wrote:
Will they repaint it's **** that prudes in past times got rid of?
It's been converted to gender neutral and will be known as The Long Thing of Wilmington in future.
[quote][p][bold]PorkBoat[/bold] wrote: Will they repaint it's **** that prudes in past times got rid of?[/p][/quote]It's been converted to gender neutral and will be known as The Long Thing of Wilmington in future. chilliman
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3:44pm Fri 31 May 13

sussexram40 says...

Theyve probably photoshopped out his male parts in case any old ladies are looking
Theyve probably photoshopped out his male parts in case any old ladies are looking sussexram40
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