Rochester mum wins Gravesend ice competition
Daphne Nash receiving her
necklance from jeweller Denis Burrows
A "flabbergasted" mum took home a
heart necklace worth £600 in a Valentine’s Day competition.
Daphne Nash, 42, won the challenge
to guess how long it would take for a 14st block of ice to melt
at St George’s Shopping Centre, Gravesend, and reveal the
necklace buried inside.
The mum-of-one went to Denis
Burrows Jewellers yesterday to pick up her white and yellow
gold necklace with her husband Daniel and daughter Tara-Leigh.
She said: "I never dreamed I would
win, I still can’t believe it, I’m so pleased and shocked at the
"I never normally win things - I
won a bit on the bingo once, many many years ago, but that’s about
"This is the most expensive piece
of jewellery I own except for a lovely watch my husband gave
The nine carat gold, diamond-inset
necklace was handmade by the jewellers for the occasion, making it
the only one of its kind in the world.
Tara-Leigh, 14, encouraged her mum
to enter the competition while Daniel was self-admittedly in a
"grumpy mood" being out on a regular St George’s shopping trip with
the ladies and wandered off to find something to eat.
"I just thought why not enter, you
never known," said Tara-Leigh.
Daphne, from Rochester, won
the competition with her guess of three days, six hours and seven
"I chose three because there’s
three of us and 67 because I used to live at number 67 and I loved
Daniel said: "I’m very proud of
Daphne and I’d just like to say a huge thank you to St George’s
centre manager Andrew Thomas-Knowles and Denis Burrows for doing
this, it’s fantastic."
Mr Thomas-Knowles approached Mr
Burrows about helping to provide the Centre with its competition
He said: "I didn’t expect the necklace to be worth close to £600. I
spoke to Denis in the hope he might be willing to contribute
something towards the cost, but he offered to do it all himself and
we ended up with a beautiful piece of jewellery which really made
the competition quite exceptional. So I have him to thank for
Mr Burrows said: "It was a pleasure
to do and I’m sure we will be involved when the Centre next does
kmfm launched the competition on
behalf of St George’s and close to 900 people entered with guesses
ranging from 3 hours to 55 days.
But Daphne was closest with her guess, just 10 minutes away from
the three days, six hours and 17 minutes it took to melt.
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