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Loftus Anglo-Saxon treasure attracts crowds to Redcar

Some of the Princess' jewellery that will be on display
Image caption The collection includes a gold pendant that would have been worn by a princess

A collection of Anglo-Saxon royal burial treasure found on Teesside has attracted more than 70,000 visitors in its first year on display.

The haul, described as "unparalleled" by experts, was discovered at Street House, Loftus, between 2005 and 2007.

It included a princess's gold pendant, glass beads, pottery, iron knives and belt buckles.

These went on show at Kirkleatham Museum in May 2011 and have proved to be a major attraction.

Some of the pieces from the collection are associated with a rare bed burial in which a female body was laid out on a decorated wooden bed accompanied by fine gold jewellery.

The museum purchased the artefacts with the aid of a Heritage Lottery Fund grant.

Councillor Olwyn Peters, cabinet member for culture, leisure and tourism at Redcar and Cleveland Council, said: "The Saxon Princess exhibition is the most significant museum display this area has ever seen.

"I am thrilled that so many people have taken time to see it.

"The items on show are absolutely magnificent and the whole experience makes the display well worth a visit."

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