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Cheltenham hidden diamonds attract hundreds to hunt

Scott Thompson, 27, and Lucienne Simpson, 26
Image caption On receiving the diamond Scott Thompson, 27 proposed to Lucienne Simpson, 26, who said 'yes'

Hundreds of people have taken part in a treasure hunt to win one of ten diamonds hidden around Cheltenham, each valued at £1,000.

Participants had to buy a map for £10 that contained clues as to where the jewels were located.

Each treasure box contained a note saying "Congratulations, you've won a diamond", to be redeemed at a shop in the town.

The event was held to raise money for Maggie's Cancer Caring Centre.

'Marriage proposal'

The first diamond was found within six minutes and by 13:45 BST all 10 had been found.

One of the boxes was found by Cheltenham couple Scott Thompson, 27, and Lucienne Simpson, 26, who have been together for eight years.

On receiving the diamond, Mr Thompson went down on one knee and proposed to Miss Simpson who said "Yes".

They now plan to have the diamond mounted into an engagement ring.

A spokeswoman for Beards jewellery store, which sponsored the event, said although the clues were "highly specific", participants would still require "a degree of skill" to find the diamonds.

"Due to the locations where the boxes are hidden it is highly highly unlikely anyone would stumble across one," she said.

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