PUPILS spent the day with keen treasure hunters searching for buried goods on their school field.

Howbridge Junior School in Witham hosted a day of treasure hunting with the Braintree Metal Detecting Club.

Club chairman Brian Day and staff from the school organised the event, which took place on the edge of the school field where a selection of goods had been buried.

Member of the club and editor of Treasure Hunting Magazine, Julian Evan-Hart, said: “The pupils were clearly having great fun finding the buried treasures and were frequently informing the teachers of the latest discoveries.”

Goods such as old coins and modern jewellery had been buried for the pupils to find and collect.

He added: “For club members it was also a real pleasure to share their knowledge and answer questions.

“After recent bad weather everyone had wondered if it would have to be cancelled but on the day the sun shone and skies were blue - the perfect day.”

Pupils borrowed metal detectors from the group before breaking off into small groups to find the buried treasure.

At the end of the day they all received their own chocolate gold coin.