SURPRISE: Brisbane man Matthew Swift won this year's pearl necklace from Haigh's Jewellers, worth $5800.
SURPRISE: Brisbane man Matthew Swift won this year's pearl necklace from Haigh's Jewellers, worth $5800. Eliza Wheeler

Flashy win for fishy fest visitor

BRISBANE man Matthew Swift did not expect to be leaving Hervey Bay with a pearl necklace worth more than $5000 after winning this year's Seafood Festival lucky gate prize on Sunday.

Mr Swift said he had not been up to Hervey Bay for a long time, but decided to make the 300km trip for the weekend's event.

He entered the competition on a whim and was surprised to have won this year's locally made necklace, worth $5800.

"I never win anything,” Mr Swift said. "I'm still deciding just what to do with it, but it is beautiful.”

Jewellery designer Stephen Haigh put the piece together himself. He said all of the elements were from Australia. "So it's white gold and the pearl is from Broome in Western Australia,” Mr Haigh said.

"And the sapphires are from Queensland.”



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