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Sutton Bridge hopes for boost from King John's treasure find

The sensational discovery of King John’s treasure would bring a big boost to Sutton Bridge, according to a councillor.

Last week we reported that engineer Raymond Kosschuk is ‘100% confident’ he has found the 13th century monarch’s missing hoard’s location.

He’s going to dig at the undisclosed site in Sutton Bridge in the coming weeks, which will prove whether or not he can end a mystery that has persisted for centuries.

Raymond Kosschuk with some of the artefacts found in a field he believes holds King John's treasure (51212832)
Raymond Kosschuk with some of the artefacts found in a field he believes holds King John's treasure (51212832)

Sutton Bridge councillor Michael Booth says the news would be exciting for the village - and could give it a big boost in the same vein as the 2012 discovery of Richard III’s remains in Leicester.

Coun Booth, who represents the village on the district and parish councils, said: “I think it would highlight Sutton Bridge because it’s of worldwide interest.

“There would probably be a lot of people coming with spades too!”

The treasure was said to be lost on a ill-fated crossing of The Wash in 1216, days before the monarch died.

The story of Raymond’s apparent discovery has attracted tens of thousands of page views on our website and national media interest - more evidence of the level of attention that could fall on Sutton Bridge.

Coun Booth added: “If he has found it it will certainly put a lot of theories to rest.

“We have had a lot of these stories before over the years but the digs have never found anything.

“Good luck to the fella. If he has found it, it would be a benefit to Sutton Bridge I am sure. It would certainly help the businesses if it happens and people do come here.”

Coun Booth also joked the discovery would mean a new chapter would need adding to Long Sutton and District Civic Society’s ‘A Short History of Sutton Bridge’, which launched on Saturday.

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