Hello Bob, I've been working hard to find a Professional to assist you with your question, but sometimes finding the right Professional can take a little longer than expected.
I wonder whether you're ok with continuing to wait for an answer. If you are, please let me know and I will continue my search. If not, feel free to let me know and I will cancel this question for you.
Hi Paul, and Happy Christmas.
I couldn't wait for your reply so I tried the WD40 trick in both door and boot prior to your reply - without success.
Then I got a neighbour who is an auto mechanic to try - I suspect the WD40 had been working cos he got the boot lock to work (but not the door). Neither have ever been tested before so I guess they had seized.
Fortunately the mechanic is in his early 20s and was able to crawl in and open the door from inside..
Opening the bonnet was a different challenge, sorted by bashing the stuch side of the bonnet front with the flat of a hand while operating the lever from inside the car. This was followed up by more WD40 and lashings of graphite grease.
I have subsequently put the battery on charge, charged up a spare battery, and a booster yellow box. Tomorrow I'll see if anything will work to start the engine (it's pretty cold and I'll maybe wait for some heat in the air as I've got a few days off and don't need the car.
I'll let you know of progress as and when.