Little did village heritage warden Wayne Coleman realise what a simple DNA test would reveal about his family. He had just wanted to help build up a picture of the history of his home village of Kibworth Beauchamp.
For hundreds of years the Coleman family has been part of the rural life of the community. Mr Coleman, who has done much to protect the fabric of the village, readily took the swab of the inside of his mouth and sent off the sample.
But the test result was a surprise. It shows his DNA is full-blooded, axe-wielding Norse Viking.
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