Families have fun digging for treasure on Hartlepool beach

Harry Wood, six, and Alexia Butterfield, seven, have fun at the beach.

Harry Wood, six, and Alexia Butterfield, seven, have fun at the beach.

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Youngsters struck gold when they dug up buried treasure on a Hartlepool beach.

Families enjoyed a fun morning on the Fish Sands, on the Headland, yesterday morning in another successful Hartlepool Carnival event.

Families take part in the Hartlepool Carnival treasure hunt at Fish Sands on the Headland.

Families take part in the Hartlepool Carnival treasure hunt at Fish Sands on the Headland.

Organisers had hidden numerous tokens below the sand, which the children exchanged for small cash prizes.

Parents and family members got to enjoy a relaxing morning in a deckchair while the children hunted happily for treasure.

A carnival committee spokesman said: “The event was brilliant. The weather was fine, lots of kids turned up and everybody had a good time.

“The treasure dig is always popular as long as the weather is nice.”

Lots of kids turned up and everybody had a good time

Carnival spokesman

The treasure dig was sponsored by The Headland Post Office. The Fish Sands are due to be bustling again this morning for the carnival’s popular sand castle competition.

Youngsters are encouraged to show off their most creative designs crafted from the sand with cash prizes for the most outstanding.

It takes place between 10am and noon and there are two age categories. One is aimed at five to nine-year-olds and the second is for entrants aged between 10 and 15.

First prize in each age group will pocket £15, with £10 going to second and £5 for third.

One-year-old Boston Wood and his grandad John take part in the Hartlepool Carnival treasure hunt.

One-year-old Boston Wood and his grandad John take part in the Hartlepool Carnival treasure hunt.

There is no need to register in advance.

The carnival spokesman added: “Just turn up and bring your bucket and spade.”

It is going to be a busy week for carnival activities leading up to parade day on Saturday.

Tomorrow sees the return of the Children’s Talent Competition at Headland Social Club, in Throston Street.

Children aged between five and 16 are invited to take to the stage to show off their talent whatever it may be.

The competition starts at 1.30pm and finishes at around 5pm. Entry is free and forms are available from CMB Fruitier and Florist, on Northgate, from the social club and the website www.hartlepoolcarnival.com