Colourful Easter celebration replaces Penshaw Bowl

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EASTER celebrations were given a new look with the launch of a colourful competition.

Penshaw Bowl was cancelled due to the icy weather and was replaced with an egg decorating competition to keep Sunderland’s festivities alive.

The Mayor and Mayoress of Sunderland, Iain Kay and Barbara McClennan with the prizewinners from the decorated egg competition at the Easter Activites event held at Herrington Country Park.

The Mayor and Mayoress of Sunderland, Iain Kay and Barbara McClennan with the prizewinners from the decorated egg competition at the Easter Activites event held at Herrington Country Park.

Children showed their creative side by turning out a host of designs, from spiders and flowers to scenes from a hairdressing salon and Finding Nemo.

The Easter Activities challenge was hosted at Herrington County Park and drew in a crowd of more than 100 people.

Competitions were set up for age groups from fives and under up to 11-year-olds, with winners selected from each category and mayor Iain Kay presenting them with their prizes.

All those who took part were given a chocolate egg.

Eva Waldon, seven, won second place in her category. She said: “I’ve had loads of fun. I even got my favourite unicorn painted on my face.”

Councillor John Kelly, Sunderland City Council’s cabinet member for public health, wellness and culture, said: “The event was very well attended and was a great success.

“This was despite people not being able to roll their eggs on the hill this year.

“It’s been going 26 years now and once again we had a great turnout and I’d like to thank everyone who came along for making it a cracking event.

“It was good to get a break in the weather, and I’m glad to see so many people took the opportunity to get out and join in the fun.

“I’d also like to thank the sponsors and our events team for all their hard work and support needed to deliver the event.”

The competition was organised by Sunderland City Council’s event team and backed by Asda, the Sunderland Echo and Sun FM.