Penshaw Bowl egg rolling cancelled due to bad weather

Penshaw Monument.
Penshaw Monument.
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THE traditional Penshaw Bowl egg rolling competition has been cancelled due to bad weather.

The event, which is scheduled every year on Maundy Thursday, has been replaced with an egg decorating competition due to the unseasonable March weather.

Sunderland’s Mayor Councillor Iain Kay said: “We’ve been having such bad weather in the past few days and the forecast isn’t looking too good for Thursday, so we’ve made a few changes to the event this year.

“All of the events will be taking place in a large marquee right next to the wardens’ lodge at Herrington Country Park.

“The weather might stop us from rolling eggs down Penshaw Hill, but we’re determined it’s not going to stop us from having some Easter fun.”

Everyone who would like to take part is asked to arrive with their pre-decorated egg between 1 and 2.30pm on Thursday March 28.

The six age groups are: five and under, 6yrs, 7yrs, 8yrs, 9yrs and 10-11 year olds. All participants will receive a small chocolate prize with a further prize for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in each age group.

There will also be on-site egg decorating, facepainting, crafts, Hula Hooping and some “surprise” activities.

There is no need to book and anyone can simply turn up from 1pm to take part with their decorated paste egg marked clearly with their name and age.

The sponsors of the event, which is organised through Sunderland City Council’s events team, are Asda, the Sunderland Echo and Sun FM.