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The Timeless jewellers on Clifton Street in Lytham has an incredibly rare golden egg for sale, one of twelve specially made by Garrards for a Cadbury's treasure hunt competition in 1983. Owner Billy Holloway with the egg.  PIC BY ROB LOCK 15-4-2014

The Timeless jewellers on Clifton Street in Lytham has an incredibly rare golden egg for sale, one of twelve specially made by Garrards for a Cadbury's treasure hunt competition in 1983. Owner Billy Holloway with the egg. PIC BY ROB LOCK 15-4-2014

 

Up and down the Fylde coast chocolate-lovers will devour thousands of eggs as part of Easter celebrations this weekend, but if it’s a special egg you’re after you could be in luck – as long as you have £15,000 to spare.

For a Lytham jewellers has an interesting item for sale – a 22 carat golden egg.

Timeless, in Clifton Street, Lytham, is offering the item – one of 12 designed by the Queen’s former jewellery provider, Garrards, for sale.

The egg, weighing 8oz, was commissioned by Cadbury’s for a competition in the mid-1980s, as owner Alan Holloway explained.

The 62-year-old said: “In 1983, Cadbury’s asked Garrads to design 12 gold eggs as part of the Cadbury’s Creme Egg mystery.

“Twelve conundrums gave clues to 12 locations across the country – if you solved the conundrum, it gave you a location where you could dig up land to find a scroll.

“You presented the scroll to Cadbury’s who in return gave you the egg. The scroll for this egg was found at Pickering Castle in North Yorkshire.

“At the time, it was valued at around £10,000.”

Mr Holloway said the competitiont had to be cancelled after people began digging up private land across the country.

But he said the egg, which includes an engraving of a giant man and giant woman, as well as a castle, is a “beautiful thing”.

He added: “I bought it off a man who sourced the egg from the original locators. The man had it for about 10 years, but chose to sell it to me .”

The item will be displayed in the shop’s window and is for sale by shop owner Billy Holloway, Alan’s son.

 

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