Penshaw Bowl returns to Sunderland

Penshaw Bowl 2012
Penshaw Bowl 2012
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ORGANISERS are hoping residents will be bowled over by the return of a family favourite.

The Penshaw Bowl was cancelled last year due to the icy weather and replaced with an egg decorating competition.

But this year it is back.

The event, which takes place every Maundy Thursday, will once again centre on an egg-rolling competition on Penshaw Hill. It is free and children, aged 11 and under, are welcome to take part.

Mayor of Sunderland, Councillor Bob Heron, who will open this year’s Penshaw Bowl, said: “Over the years, children all over the city have looked forward to this fantastic, free, family event. This year, with its extra activities, it will be bigger and better than ever.”

In addition to the competition on Penshaw Hill, an activity marquee in Herrington Country Park will offer face painting, egg decorating and a range of Easter crafts.

This year’s event is sponsored by Sainsbury’s who will be providing a range of chocolate prizes and a small treat for every child that takes part.

Chris Alexander, chief operating officer of Sunderland Live, who deliver the event on behalf of the city council, said “We are delighted to welcome back this ever-popular Easter event and we hope that this year’s range of extra activity will allow families to make more of their day out.” Children should take a pre-decorated egg, marked with their name and age, ready to begin egg rolling at 2pm.

The activity marquee will be open at 1pm.