Mexico World Cup lighter found on Balnakeil Beach

A Mexico World Cup 1986 lighter was found on Balnakeil Beach. Such a find carries some very interesting information. First, the lighter is still in tact and showing very little signs of degradation 32 years after being manufactured. Proving that plastic takes a very long time to degrade. Secondly, VM stands for ‘Verdens Mesterskab’ or World Championships in Danish, so this lighter has travelled to our shores from Denmark.

I wonder what adventures it got up to on the way?

Find out more about our find by listening to Julien chat to BBC radio Scotland ( at 12:39 minutes) or reading written reports on BBC Scotland and