Gold rush to Kent beach with £10,000 hidden in the sand

Hundreds of people are heading for the beach today, not to sunbathing but in the hope they might find gold worth £10,000.

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Treasure-seekers strike gold on Kent beach

The hunt for gold continues today on a Kent beach as the first diggers to uncover the buried treasure have been announced.

A German artist sparked the 'gold rush' on Folkestone Harbour, where hundreds of people with buckets, spades and metal detectors have descended on the beach.

Artist Michael Sailstorfer has hidden 30 bars of pure gold under the sand as part of a public art festival.

Names of first confirmed beach gold finders revealed

Megan Henderson, Kirsty Henderson and Kevin Wood confirmed as first people to find gold on beach in Folkestone Credit: Folkestone Triennial

The organisers of the Folkestone Triennial gold hunt on a beach in Folkestone have revealed the names of the first people confirmed to have found the precious metal buried in the sand.

Kevin Wood, Kirsty Henderson and her sister Megan Henderson from Canterbury made their discovery at about 7pm on Friday evening. They had been digging for about an hour before low tide. Each gold bar is worth about £500.

The gold before it was buried in the sand Credit: Folkestone Triennial

“My legs went from under me and I started shaking,” Kevin recalled. “I put it quietly in my pocket. We left the beach and half way home, we pulled over for a drink.”

– Kevin Wood, Treasure hunter
Kirsty Henderson and Kevin Wood at the Kent beach where they made their discovery Credit: Folkestone Triennial

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Gold diggers descend on Folkestone beach

A German artist has sparked an extraordinary 'gold rush' on the Kent coast. Hundreds of people with buckets, spades and metal detectors have descended on the beach at Folkestone Harbour to search for buried bullion.

Berlin-based artist Michael Sailstorfer has hidden 30 bars of pure gold under the sand as part of a public art festival. A few fortune-hunters have struck gold. But 20-plus of the ingots are still there for the taking.

David Johns explains, talking to treasure-seekers and the project organiser Claire Doherty.

Search for gold in Folkestone continues

Buckets and spades at the ready as people continue to search the beach in Folkestone Credit: David Johns

A German artist has sparked an unlikely gold rush by burying thousands of pounds worth of the precious metal on a Kent beach as part of an arts festival.

Berlin-based Michael Sailstorfer has hidden 30 bars of 24-carat gold, worth £10,000, under the sand of the Outer Harbour beach in Folkestone as part of the town's triennial.

£10,000 of gold buried on Folkestone beach - but is it art?

Hundreds of beachcombers are searching the sands of Folkestone today for thirty gold discs hidden on the beach by a German artist. The hidden treasure is part of an artistic productions by Michael Sailstorfer for the town's triennial art festival. It's an event that happens every three years and sees thought provoking work in galleries and local streets.

The beach, which becomes partly covered at high tide, is open to the public. The pieces of gold are dispersed across a wide expanse of beach, which is only revealed during low-tide.

Metal discs have also been scattered on the beach so people searching with metal detectors may not find it as easy to find the gold as they think.

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