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The curious case of the Sherlock pilgrims

Why have Sherlock Holmes fans gathered in Switzerland to recreate their hero’s final hours?

By Edward Docx   November 2012

To be a pilgrim: each dressed as a particular character from Sherlock Holmes, fans assemble for a portrait

I have just arrived. I am standing in the square in the small Swiss valley town of Meiringen. On all sides, fir trees and high alpine meadows give way to cragged grey faces of rock that are veined in ice. Here and there louring clouds snag the serrated peaks.

“What’s going on?” I ask the Swiss woman next to me.

“I think they’re starting,” she replies, confidentially.

“Starting what?”

But now…

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