Three children's search for conkers turned out to have all the hallmarks of an Enid Blyton adventure when they discovered what they thought was treasure in a village near Ripon.

Georgia Kitching, nine, and her brother Ethan, eight, along with their friend, Natasja Hodgkinson, nine, were looking in the graveyard of St Mary's Church, in Wath, when their pet dogs, Harry and Rascal, uncovered the find.

The three youngsters, who all attend Burneston Primary School, near Bedale, investigated and discovered a horde of items from the 1920s, including opera glasses, old games in fine walnut casings, and a small beaded metal purse.

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