Return to Avalon? – James Tucker
The isle of Avalon is at the heart of Arthurian legend. It’s where Excalibur is alleged to have been forged and is where King Arthur was taken to recover from his wounds after fighting Mordred in the Battle of Camlann.
The location of Avalon has long been of interest to scholars, authors and historians. Some says it’s at Glastonbury Tor (where the surrounding marsh would have made the site look like a “isle of glass” – the original meaning of Glastonbury). Others claim Avalon is in Greenland, Brittany, Majorca and even on the Scottish Isle of Arran.
But for 35 of us at Twenty7Tec, Avalon is our place of work. It’s the name of our art deco office building in Bournemouth.
It feels odd not being in our regular place our work, surrounded by the mortgage industry’s equivalents of the knights of the round table. To the names of Merlin, Galahad and Lancelot, you can add Luxton, Oades, Bailey and so many more. Just like their forbears, they are charged with leading the quest for the Holy Grail. In our case, that’s the happiness of our broker and lender clients.
And yet, in a sense, Avalon is not really just off the A338. In these times of remote working and lockdown, the spirit of Avalon, what it stands for, has lived on in the home offices of all our people. I’m so proud of the efforts that they have gone to to continue to deliver the best possible service to our clients in the most demanding of circumstances.
The original knights of the round table were tasked with ensuring the peace of the kingdom. I think that through their efforts our modern-day champions have done that and more.
As I reflected on my daily walk yesterday, I long for a return to our modern Avalon where we can all come together again when social distancing rules are relaxed. But also, I’m genuinely proud that Avalon exists in the minds and hearts of our people, no matter how far and wide they are spread.