Kids get into Easter spirit

Sisters Chloe and Rhian Laidlaw with friends Connor Fox and Oliver Beaumont rolling their eggs at the Penshaw Bowl.
Sisters Chloe and Rhian Laidlaw with friends Connor Fox and Oliver Beaumont rolling their eggs at the Penshaw Bowl.
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HUNDREDS of excited children and their families gathered on Penshaw Hill for the Easter egg rolling extravaganza.

A cracking time was had by all in what was the event’s 24th year, as youngsters rolled their specially-decorated eggs in the competition.

Jessica Morley, aged four, with her egg at the Penshaw Bowl.

Jessica Morley, aged four, with her egg at the Penshaw Bowl.

Last year’s egg rolling was cancelled after heavy rain, but this year the sun shone all afternoon.

Barbara Jackson, 44, of Woodstone Village, took her 10-year-old daughter Neve to the event.

“It’s good for the community spirit,” she said.

“I have known it has been happening year after year, but this is the first year I’ve come and we’ve really enjoyed the day.

Throwing eggs at the Penshaw Bowl.

Throwing eggs at the Penshaw Bowl.

“It’s something different for the kids to do during the holidays and it’s really well organised.”

Hazel Davie, of Grangetown, took grandsons Ben, four, and Steven, two, to join in the fun.

“I think it’s brilliant,” said the 59-year-old.

“It’s the first time I’ve been. It’s wonderful.”

Each competitor was given a chocolate egg, donated by Sainsbury’s, at The Galleries.

Deputy store manager Jason Hall said: “We really love to get involved with anything in the local community.

“It’s a really good event that is great for all the children.

“It’s been a fantastic day as well, which is great.”

The Mayor of Sunderland, Councillor Tom Martin, presented prizes to the winning children.

He said: “It’s a great feast for Christianity and for families and the turnout is fantastic.

“If you look around here we have the very young to the old – parents, grandparents, all enjoying themselves. It’s a great celebration of Easter.”

He added: “I had an egg rolled down the hill for me and it was winning, but eventually it was overtaken so I was beaten by a four-year-old.”

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“The fellow behind me suggested I should try a younger age group and I might have a chance of winning.”

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