Loftus royal treasure display attracts crowds

posted 19 May 2011, 06:12 by Paul Brayford
An exhibition showcasing Cleveland's links to Anglo-Saxon royalty attracted almost 1,700 people over five days.

The 7th Century artefacts, described as "unparalleled" were found in Loftus at the only known Anglo-Saxon royal burial site in north-east England.

After a battle to keep them in the region they will go on show at Redcar's Kirkleatham Museum from May 28.

However, a smaller-scale exhibition for Loftus residents was held in the town hall, and proved highly popular.

The finds, made in a farmer's field at Street House by Teesside archaeologist Dr Steve Sherlock, include a gold pendant which may have belonged to a princess.