Not only is it wonderful to see the lilac pink autumn crocus (colchiums) in our parks and gardens right now but the breakthrough news for those suffering with cancerous tumours is that these plants contain a substance that could be a cure for such horrid conditions.

Yes, the colchium (as seen at present by the main entrances to both Spital and Staveley cemeteries) could contain the answer to such dilemmas.

The substance in these plants apparently causes no damage to healthy body tissue or the blood stream unlike chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

So lets raise a glass (or two) to the humble autumn crocus.

Geoff A Evans