Hunstanton’s seaside rock donation

Fossil-hunting holidaymarkers Andrew and Cath Nicholson, of Bexhill, at the Hunstanton Heritage Centre with their ammonmite. ANL-150704-160836001
Fossil-hunting holidaymarkers Andrew and Cath Nicholson, of Bexhill, at the Hunstanton Heritage Centre with their ammonmite. ANL-150704-160836001
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Fossil-hunting holidaymakers who came to Hunstanton have presented a magnificent ammonite to the town’s heritage centre.

The rock was handed over to the centre on The Green by Andrew and Cath Nicholson, from East Sussex, on Saturday – but it was first discovered on the beach late last summer.

Andrew Nicholson said: “We found the ammonite at the base of Hunstanton cliffs at about the mid-way point.

“Cath was fossil hunting on the beach during a short stay at the flat in September.

“In the early evening I went down to try to get her away before it got too dark. She came down to where I was standing and suddenly pointed down and exclaimed ‘that looks like an ammonite’. We cleared away the rocks around it and exposed the biggest ammonite we had ever found. Eyes to the heavens I knew what this was going to mean as we could not just walk away and leave it. The ammonite weighed quite a bit and after helping me for a short distance I ended up carrying it by myself the distance up to the road.

“Cath decided that it was too big to keep, and, as it was found at Hunstanton it ought to go to the Heritage Centre for public display.

Unfortunately, being late, the centre was closed and was not going to open until after we had returned home.

“So there was nothing for it ... the fossil was taken on a trip to Bexley where we live, to be returned.”

John Maiden, a heritage centre volunteer, said: “Thank you to the Nicholsons for their wonderful donation. It certainly is a marvellous specimen and will add to our collection.”