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Treasure hunter wins a luxury stay at Seaham Hall Hotel

Feb 9, 2015

A lucky treasure hunter has won a luxury overnight stay at the five star Seaham Hall Hotel after solving an especially festive clue to claim the prize for December’s Great North East Digital Treasure Hunt.

Andy Taylor, studio manager for Gateshead based creative agency Warm Design, was the first to solve a series of coded Christmas-themed clues about Newcastle’s famous St Nicholas Cathedral and reveal the winning golden ticket.

Organised by Catalyst Recruitment, the North East Chamber of Commerce and Atlas Cloud, the digital treasure hunt is a challenge to solve puzzles which reveal a secret location somewhere in the North East where a prize-winning golden ticket is cleverly hidden. Open to all NECC members, the initiative has been organised to coincide with the run up to the Chamber’s 200th anniversary celebrations as well as Catalyst’s 10th birthday.

Nicola Reid, Catalyst’s senior IT recruitment consultant, added: “As one of the North East’s leading recruitment agencies we are all about finding treasure – in the form of talented people for our clients. That’s why we launched the Great North East Digital Treasure Hunt as a tech-enabled hide and seek trail around the region that’s a bit of fun for all involved.”

Winning treasure hunter Andy commented: “I read about the competition in Contact magazine and was curious so I registered for the clue. I correctly identified the location as St Nicholas Cathedral and then had to find out how many bells were in the tower and how many spires made up its lantern crown then select those numbers on a digital Christmas decoration. I was really pleased when I realised I’d won the prize and couldn’t wait to book my stay at Seaham Hall Hotel.”

Andy and his guest will now enjoy the ‘Ultimate Seaham Hall Experience’ – a package worth £499 which includes an overnight stay for two in a Junior Suite, three course dinner in the Byron’s Bar & Grill, a 50 minute treatment each as well as use of the award winning spa facilities, a chilled bottle of champagne on arrival and a full English breakfast.

Over 200 people from NECC member organisations have participated in the Treasure Hunt to date including prize winners Dave Shepherd of DNV GL, Isabel Hunt of University of Sunderland, Andy Taylor of Warm Design. Thanks also go to organisers Catalyst Recruitment and Atlas Cloud as well as prize sponsors Activ Technology, Art Evolution, Barbour, Presence Multimedia and Seaham Hall Hotel.

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