Cheltenham's great diamond hunt has finished with all ten gems successfully found by eager competitors for the charity event. A total of £10,000 worth of diamonds were hidden across the spa town by luxury jeweller Beards to help raise money for local cancer charity Maggie's Cancer Care Centre.
The first diamond was found within 10 minutes of the Diamond Rush kicking off and the last was uncovered at 1.34pm, hidden in the underground car park at The Montpellier Chapter.
One Cheltenham couple, who found the diamond in 131 The Promenade, heightened the emotion of the day with a marriage proposal. Builder Scott Thompson, 27, got down on one knee to ask his girlfriend Lucienne Simpson, 26, to marry him.
“It has been an amazing and rather emotional day which has not only raised a huge amount for Maggie’s but has also changed lives of people taking part. The people who have found the diamonds have been over the moon, and this was simply topped with one of the lucky finders popping the question to his girlfriend.”
After three hours of hunting through various locations in Cheltenham, Scott Thompson found a diamond on the bushes at the 131 restaurant. Shortly afterwards he proposed to his girlfriend Lucienne Simpson who gracefully accepted.
The couple have been together for six years and Lucienne says they would never have afforded a diamond ring. The owner of the jewellers who donated the gems was so touched he has agreed to pay for the diamond to be set in a ring.
Ten diamonds had been hidden around the town with clues being sold to raise money for a local charity, Maggies which supports cancer patients and their families.
Scores of people turned up in Cheltenham this morning to take part in the hunt for ten diamonds hidden around the town.
The charity stunt features ten Cartier gems worth £1,000 each and the first of them was found within six minutes of the event starting.
Delighted insurance worker Matt Jefferies, 23, and his girlfriend Fay Morehen, 28, who works for an accountancy firm, were the lucky finders..
The couple had a hunch that one of the diamonds would be hidden at the iconic Daffodil restaurant, a former art deco cinema in the town, and they were proved right.
"We're thrilled to be the first and to have found it so quickly. We're taking the diamond away with us and we'll talk about what we're going to do with it."
To stand a chance of finding one of the diamonds, treasure hunters had to spend £10 for a limited edition map giving approximate locations of the gems.
The competition raised funds for the Maggies cancer support charity in the town.
A jeweller in Cheltenham is staging a diamond hunt this weekend to raise money for cancer charity Maggies.
Ten genuine diamonds - worth ten thousand pounds in total - have been hidden in obscure spots around the town. Participants can buy maps and clues to track them down, and the winners can have the stones made into their own unique piece of jewellery.
Annie Mason from Maggies Cheltenham says: "We've got some really good locations so we're able to hide them in plain sight. So there's no need to go burying into flower beds or climbing trees or anything like that. But they're done in such a way that you may see them, but not see them."
Ten diamonds, each worth £1,000 will be hidden around Cheltenham.
This weekend the 'Diamond Rush' treasure hunt will take place in Cheltenham. The event has been organised by family run jewellers Beards, who have donated the diamonds to raise money for local charity Maggie's Cancer Care.
Treasure hunters must purchase a £10 exclusive Diamond Rush map to discover general locations of the diamonds and then clue makers stationed around the town on the day will provide further clues for £5 each.
The diamonds have been flown in from New York, and have attracted international attention. The town is preparing for an influx of visitors.
Final preparations are being made as the west gears up to host Stage 4 of the Tour of Britain Cycle Race.
Some of the The 184 kilometre route ends in Bristol.
The competitors will set off from Worcester at quarter-to-eleven this morning, before passing through Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds. One of the towns en route is Winchcombe, near Cheltenham, where crowds are expected to give the riders a huge welcome.
Jim Davies from Winchcombe Town Council is expecting a good turnout:
Cheltenham has come top in a list of the best places in the UK to raise a family.
The Telegraph compiled a list of the top 20 family-friendly areas based on schools, housing, leisure activities and nature.
Cheltenham has been named the best place in the UK to raise a family.
The Telegraph has compiled a list of the top 20 family-friendly areas, based on criteria such as schools, housing, leisure activities and nature.
Lynn Simmonds of Hamptons International said: "Excellent schooling, low crime rates, a thriving sporting culture and a bustling town centre all make Cheltenham a natural place for families with children."
Meanwhile, Bristol came at number 15 on the list, and was described by luxury estate agent Fine and Country as "a very child-friendly city”.
Redland, Westbury Park and Bishopston were all picked out for having schools rated "outstanding" by Ofsted.
The Durdham Downs and St Andrews Park were also noted for making the areas "perfect for families".
Following the sentencing today of Lance Hepworth, at Gloucester Crown Court for causing death by careless/inconsiderate driving, the family of 19-year-old Katie Clutterbuck have issued the following statement.
As a family we have always maintained a dignified silence regarding the death of our beautiful Katie.
With regards to comments made about the circumstances in which Katie tragically died, there is no evidence to suggest that Katie did not look when she stepped onto Bath Road. Regardless of this, 9 seconds is more than enough time to perform an emergency stop or make an attempt to brake after being warned by passengers.
Katie was a young woman on an evening out with friends enjoying life, a life which she had taken from her through no fault of her own. As a family all we wanted was to find out the truth about what exactly happened that night.Losing Katie has had an effect not just on all of the family, but on her friends, work colleagues and those kind people who were there at the scene of the accident, particularly those who tried to save her life. We have had to wait eleven traumatic months to find out exactly what happened and have had not only to deal with the court hearings but with the loss of Katie. We are still trying to come to terms with her death. The loss is devastating and will remain with us for the rest of our lives.
A taxi driver who killed a teenage girl by careless driving has been sentenced to seven months in jail at Gloucester Crown Court.
19-year-old Katie Clutterbuck from Longlevens was heavily intoxicated when she crossed the road in front of private hire driver Lance Hepworth in Cheltenham last September.
Police say Hepworth had 7-9 seconds to react, and that his passengers shouted a warning to him that she was there.