Lancaster couple’s diamond win

Maire and Mike Gara with the diamond ring
Maire and Mike Gara with the diamond ring

A Lancaster couple who celebrate 50 years since their engagement on Christmas Eve have been given even more reason to be cheerful.

Maire and Mike Gara recently collected their prize of a 0.5 carat brilliant cut diamond worth £1,000 after successfully completing The Hunt for Lancaster’s Diamond Treasure Trail during the summer.

The couple decided to have a solitaire ring made from the stone, to mark 50 years since their engagement in 1965, and were over the moon to have picked up the prize.

The Treasure Trail was organised by the Lancaster Business Improvement District (BID) team.

Participants had to follow the clues around the city centre and correctly identify the location of the hidden treasure for a chance of winning the diamond, which was sourced by Banks Lyon Jewellers in Church Street.

Mrs Gara, who did the trail with the help of her three grandchildren, said: “We decided to have a solitaire ring made and chose the design ourselves.

“It was absolutely terrific to have won the prize.

The ring became ready before Christmas as well which is particularly fitting as it will be 50 years on Christmas Eve since we got engaged”.

There were three other prizes on offer including a toy bundle from the Entertainer toy shop in St Nicholas Arcades which Mrs Gara’s grandson said he wished he’d won.

Other prizes were tickets for the Dukes Christmas production of Beauty and the Beast and an Xplorer family and friends multipass donated by Lancaster Museums.

The competition ran from July 18 to August 31 and was hugely successful with hundreds of entrants.

This was the second successful trail for Lancaster BID after the February ‘Lancaster BID Treasure Trail’ which took place during February half term.

The Lancaster BID team have also been celebrating after a successful voted ballot last month.

The ‘yes’ vote means that for a further five years the team will be able to continue with their work throughout Lancaster city centre and a further £1.2 million will be spent on projects and initiatives to improve visitor foot fall in the city.

Businesses are encouraged to contact Lancaster BID with any questions or issues via its website More events are being planned for 2016.