Published: 10:00, 30 August 2014
| Updated: 10:24, 30 August 2014
A man who found one of the hidden pieces of gold on Folkestone beach says he will treat his girlfriend to a romantic trip to Paris.
Mr Wood, from Canterbury, said it was a "one-in-a-million" chance when they found the nugget at about 7pm last night.
He said: “Basically we had quite a laugh the first day we went down there so Kirsty suggested we go again.
“Everyone was there with metal detectors and I didn’t think we would have much luck ahead of them.
“Kirsty picked a random spot and we kept digging.
“I was getting quite disheartened and I was ready to give up to be honest, but Kirsty was still excited and said we could find one.
“I carried on a little bit and it just popped out. I was quite excited.
“It wasn’t very deep – it was only about 10cm down so I wasn’t expecting to find it.”
The 28-year-old said he just popped it in his pocket and didn’t make a big fuss.
He added: “It seems like a million to one chance with all that sand there and all those people going for it.”
The installation, entitled “Folkestone Digs”, is funded by Bristol-based designers Situations and the idea for the project came from Berlin-based artist Michael Sailstorfer.
The small gold bars - similar to a dog tag - come in two sizes, worth around £250 and £500.
Mr Wood’s was one of the larger 20g pieces. “We’re planning a trip to Paris on the Eurostar,” he said.
Despite the find he said they will return today and thinks it’s been good for Folkestone.
He added: “It’s encouraging people to go down there. I hadn’t been to Folkestone for about 10 years.”
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