Thousands have flocked to view the Leekfrith Iron Age Torcs

THOUSANDS have flocked to the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery to see the hidden treasure unearthed by metal detectorists Mark Hambleton and Joe Kania in a farmer’s field at Rudyard.

The Leekfrith Iron Age Torcs – four gold artefacts believed to date back to 400BC – have attracted almost 21,000 viewings at a special month-long exhibition staged at the museum in Hanley.

The artefacts, which have been declared as treasure, will now go to the British Museum to be valued.

Friends Mark and Joe, from Leek, will share the proceeds from their find with the land owner.