Many thanks for the guide, worked perfectly for a vodafone UK carrier. The only problems i ran into were due to my own stupidity (mistyped commands lol).
I was only going to root in order to instal a clean version of the stock rom, without all the apps that make me rage by turning on every time i turn on wifi/3g. but i realised it's just as easy to get CM7 so thats what i did.
one thing that scared me was the cyanogenmod had to be prompted to import contacts from SIM (i thought they were gone for a second :P), which i guess just reinforces the view that i am in control now, not the phone.
By the way, i realise there has been a clockworkmod recovery released for the wildfire S (which is how i backedup my stock rom), but is there (going to be) a clockworkmod mod manager compatible? as i understand, since there's no wildfire S on the list in the app it isnt compatible so far...