Calling all would-be Indiana Joneses - last chance for treasure hunters

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Calling all would-be Indiana Joneses. You have just a short time left to find all of the Walled City’s treasures and win a golden acorn.

The Walled City Treasure Hunt - the competition which ran alongside the ‘If Stones Could Speake’ book - is drawing to a close next week on June 9. The public were asked to uncover and record Derry’s hidden treasures with everything from gargoyles to ornate manhole covers being sought.

The book, the brainchild of 17-year-old Limavady schoolboy Ryan Lusby, has sold well, with all proceeds going to Children in Crossfire and a Kenyan school building project undertaken by Ryan’s school.

Now time is running out on the hunt and the public are being urged to submit their treasure hunt books, regardless of how many treasures they uncovered.

“It has been a great year,” says Ryan, who is gearing up to go to Kenya with his classmates to help build a school.

“The books sold really well and people loved going around and finding the treasures and I loved photographing them and discovering parts of our history that have long been forgotten.

“People wondered how I managed to pick out details on the very top of a building. Some imagined that I teetered out on high roofs and hung by my fingernails on window ledges while taking pictures. But I simply used a zoom lens.

“Some of the treasures were easy to find, others more obscure. But every one uncovered a story and a link to our past,” said the Limavady teenager.

There is still time to purchase the ‘If Stones Could Speake’ book and enter the hunt to find the treasures. Everyone who buys the book and joins the hunt is in with a chance of winning an 18ct golden acorn necklace worth £3,500.

There are five silver oak leaf brooches also available to runners up.

“Everyone who has bought the book, regardless of how many treasures they have found should submit them to the Foyle Civic Trust in the Craft Village,” says Ryan. “It doesn’t matter if you didn’t find them all. The person with the most treasures recorded and correct will win. It could be you.”

The book, costing £9.99, is available from Easons, Shipquay Books, Foyle Books and the Tourist Information Centres in Derry and Limavady.