Golden couple solve riddle of the marshes

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A treasure hunt, which saw over 100 people searching for a 10oz gold bullion worth around £9,000 across East Lincolnshire, has been won by a couple from near Market Rasen

When Sue Blackburn suggested to her husband Mick that she would like the to enter The Riddle of the Marshes treasure hunt, organised by the Lincolnshire Coastal Grazing Marshes Project, neither of them thought that they would go on to win it.

The innovative treasure hunt was launched in May and posed the question, ‘is grass worth more than gold?’ with participants learning about Lincolnshire’s coastal grazing marshes in order to unlock a vault containing the gold.

Mr Blackburn said: “When Sue saw this treasure hunt we thought that we would have a go as it is the sort of thing that we enjoy doing, but we never thought that we would win – we never win anything. It was just a bit on fun. I think we are both still in shock.

“I have no idea what we will do with the gold as we didn’t think that we would win it so didn’t think about that. We have already put it in the bank, but apart from that we don’t know yet.”

Treasure hunters were given six months to find the answers to a riddle which would unlock a vault containing the gold. The treasure hunt was thought up by project officer Joe Blissett as a novel way of encouraging people to learn about and explore local wildlife and history by solving clues based around myths, mysteries, folklore and the rich cultural heritage of the Lincolnshire Coastal Grazing Marshes which stretch from Grimsby to Gibraltar Point.

He said: “Lincolnshire’s Coastal Grazing Marshes helped bring prosperity and global links to this little known corner of England, in fact East Lindsey has an awful lot of history behind the landscape we see today and one which is also incredibly important to wildlife throughout the seasons. Without an understanding of what we’ve got, we’re in danger of losing it forever through changes in farming and an increasing population. The prospect of winning the gold bullion has helped us to promote the area’s extraordinary history and wonderful natural environment to residents and visitors alike.”

The project put the county back on the global stage, with packs being sold to people from across Europe as well as Canada, USA and Thailand, helping to raise the profile of the landscape’s fascinating history, dialect and wildlife, protecting the threatened rural landscape.

The ‘Riddle’ pack is available to download for free from the