Published Thursday 3rd November 2016

A rare Roman brooch – the first of its kind to be discovered in Herefordshire – was among items unearthed during a detecting rally for charity.

Held in the north of the county, on private land between Leominster and Ludlow, the sold out event attracted about 175 people, some travelling from as far afield as Liverpool, Derby and Oxford.

Despite the cold, grey weather the fundraisers had a fruitful day with about 35 recordable items found.

The most coveted was the rare Roman Brooch, while other items included some hammered coins, plus an Emporer Trajan Silver Denarius coin and a fragment of an Iron Age axehead.

Money raised from the day was just over £3,500, which has been donated to St Michael’s Hospice.

Organisers say they are interested in taking part in another charity event in a different part of the county next Spring.

‘It was great to see so many people travel many miles to take part in this special rally,’ said Ruth Denison, the Hospice’s Director of Income Generation and Marketing.

‘Many thanks must go to Alun Crichton for organising the day, and to everyone who took part.

‘Thanks must also go to the Hereford Searchers for organising a number of wonderful raffle prizes.’

Hereford Searchers would like to thank their sponsors, Nokta, Fisher, Minelab, Joan Allen, Whites, Black ADA, Crawfords, Greenlight Publishing, Regton and Hereford Forklift Trucks, and the landowner, Mr Griffiths.