A family from Marlow Bottom has been hiding painted stones throughout the pandemic to mark occasions and this time it is to celebrate Euro 2020.

This Friday the European Championships will kick off with England’s opening game on Sunday afternoon against Croatia.

PHOTOS: Sainsbury's new superstore begins to take shape

The Kirk family are known for hiding many painted stones in the village for special occasions such as Christmas, Valentine's Day, Easter and Halloween as well as lockdown rainbows and messages of support.

To celebrate the 2020 Euros and raise some money for the local preschool, they have painted 24 stones to represent the flags of the countries involved in the tournament.

In the lead-up to the first match on June 11 they have hidden 6 stones (one from each group) in six different locations.

ALSO READ: Lidl have plans APPROVED to open new supermarket

There is a clues sheet for residents taking part who are also encouraged to donate a small amount to Marlow Bottom Preschool CIO on a 'virgin money giving' link or by scanning the QR code on the posters in the village.

Black and White Key Security Ltd, which is owned and managed by the Kirk family, is donating a bundle of prizes for the family who finds the winning stone.