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Families went on the hunt for fossils on Monday along the beach at Hunstanton.

The event, which has not been held for a few years, proved a big hit with families and around 60 children took part.

Organised by the town’s civic society in conjunction with Roger Partridge, activities co-ordinator with West Norfolk Council, youngsters were supplied with eye protectors and hammers to explore the beach.

Society treasurer Stephen Kent said  the event proved so popular they ran out of equipment. 

However, he said not everyone stayed for the full three hours which meant the fossil hunters were able to share equipment.

“The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves. We have done it before but not for a year or two.

“It certainly seemed popular enough and we were lucky with the weather,” said Mr Kent, who expects something similar may be held again next year.

The explorers combed the beach and searched among the rocks and stones to see what they could find. They used printed sheets to help identify their findings.