Easter bunny hops in for egg hunt

Anyone seen the Easter Bunny? Friends of Rectory Park managed to find some Easter sunshine at the weekend when they organised an Easter Bunny Hunt.  Sisters Caitlin, 10, Chelsea, 13 and Megan Hardy, 9 were pictured seeking on the lookout for the Easter character.
Anyone seen the Easter Bunny? Friends of Rectory Park managed to find some Easter sunshine at the weekend when they organised an Easter Bunny Hunt. Sisters Caitlin, 10, Chelsea, 13 and Megan Hardy, 9 were pictured seeking on the lookout for the Easter character.
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MINI egg-seekers wrapped up warm over the weekend as the elusive Easter bunny hopped into a Houghton park.

Despite the cold, the sun shone down on Rectory Park as the Easter Egg hunt attracted scores of families.

It’s the third year the event has been held in the area, and organisers say it is getting bigger and better.

Sheila Ellis, chairman of the Friends of Rectory Park, said: “There was nothing like this happening in Houghton so when we formed the Friends group, we decided to start an annual Easter egg hunt.

“This year’s event has been quite different from 12 months ago. Then, we were sitting in glorious sunshine as the temperatures rocketed. This weekend, the Easter bunny had to have her thick fur coat on just to make it through the day.” A special marquee was erected in the park to keep children warm as they enjoyed the eggs they collected.

And while the day proved a hit with families, there were also some older hunters who made the most of the spring sunshine.

Joyce Dixon turned 88 last Sunday, but that was not going to stop her having some fun.

Joyce, of Newbottle, said: “It’s been a wonderful day and I’ve loved being involved.

“There were a lot of happy children leaving by the end of the afternoon, and some adults too.

“We were also fortunate enough to see a bit of sunshine, which really helped.”