CHILDREN pulled on their bonnie bonnets as they celebrated Easter.
Seaham Harbour Nursery and Murton Community Primary joined in events held at their schools.
The nursery, in Bottleworks Road, raised £400 which will be used for additional equipment to help its pupils learn, with businesses backing the event by donating prizes which were raffled.
Headteacher Carole Scott said the children enjoyed singing songs as part of the performance.
She added: “It went very well.
“All 78 children took part and they all looked fabulous in their Easter bonnets.
“We are just extremely grateful for the support from both the parents and businesses.
“We are hoping to get some new IT equipment for the children with the money we have raised.”
Youngsters at Murton Community Primary, in Barnes Road, were asked to design and make their Easter-themed bonnet or hat at home for the parade, and the best effort in each class won a prize, while all the children were given a creme egg and participation certificate.
The whole school also took part in performing Easter songs for the parents and guardians.
Headteacher Ashleigh Sheridan said: “It was a busy but great day, the children all made a massive effort with their bonnets.
“It was a huge success.”
Egg-stra special fun for all
RESIDENTS enjoyed an egg-stravaganza when they joined together for an Easter fair.
Members of St Cuthbert’s Church, Red House, and 350 school pupils enjoyed traditional activities including Easter bonnet making, an egg hunt, and paste egg decorating at Hylton Red House Primary School.
Sainsbury’s, Sunderland North, donated just under 600 eggs for the day’s activities, including 550 creme eggs, 15 large Easter eggs and 25 gifts for the senior guests from St Cuthbert’s Church and those who volunteer at the school.
Headteacher Steve Williamson said: “The children had a fantastic time. We have the Easter egg hunt every year and do have it as a competition, but also teach them about sharing.
“The older people enjoyed themselves too, and they were all very keen to be part of it.”
Sunderland’s deputy mayor and mayoress, Councillor Robert Heron and wife Juliana, judged the Easter bonnet-making competition.
Mr Williamson added: “A lot of the older people said it was great to see the children enjoying themselves and to hear them singing – and they do sing very loud.
“It is nice to do something for the community because it teaches the children about traditional values and getting involved with the local community.”
Margaret Cook, from Sainsbury’s Sunderland North store, said: “I can honestly say in all the time I have been doing this job I have never heard kids sing like this school did.
“What an amazing day.”