ROLL up, roll up – it’s time to claim your place in Sunderland’s favourite Easter event.
This year’s Penshaw Bowl will take place on Good Friday for the first time, and organisers are urging participants to sign up in advance to make sure they are able to take part.
The free event, which has previously taken place on Maundy Thursday, has been confirmed for Friday, April, 3, and will once again centre around a traditional egg-rolling competition on Penshaw Hill.
Dozens of youngsters turned out for last year’s event and organisers are predicting this year will be even more popular after the move to Good Friday.
All children aged 11 and under are welcome to go along and take part in the competition, which will be opened by Mayor of Sunderland, Coun Stuart Porthouse. “Children all over the city look forward to this fantastic, free, family event which brings people together to help celebrate a very special time of year,” said Coun Porthouse.
“I’m delighted that we can once again deliver a great event with something for all ages.
We are delighted that the new date will enable more families to enjoy Penshaw Bowl.
“The Penshaw Bowl is a mix of traditional celebrations and fun activities with something for everyone, and I look forward to seeing as many people as possible enjoying a great family day out.”
In addition to the competition on Penshaw Hill, an activity marquee in Herrington Country Park will offer a range of family-friendly Easter activities.
This year’s event is sponsored by Sainsbury’s, which will be providing a range of chocolate prizes, including a small treat for every child who takes part.
Sainsbury’s customer services manager Derek Crooks, said: “Playing an active role in the community that we serve and making a positive difference is one of our company values, and one that we stand by whole heartedly.
“This is why we believe getting involved in events such as Penshaw Bowl is important.
“Plus, it’s a lot of fun.”
Promotions company Sunderland Live is organising this year’s event on behalf of Sunderland City Council.
The firm has introduced pre-registration this year in a bid to help ease the Good Friday crowds. Jessica Regnart, creative development manager at Sunderland Live, said the move to a bank holiday was expected to see a rise in the numbers attending.
“We are delighted that the new date will enable more families to enjoy Penshaw Bowl.
“Taking just a few moments to pre-register will guarantee our event-goers a place in, what we anticipate, will be an extremely popular event.”
Children are asked to come along with their pre-decorated egg, clearly marked with their name and age, ready to begin their egg rolling at 2pm.
For those families wanting to begin their Easter fun a little earlier, the activity marquee will be open to all from 1pm.
To pre-register your roll or for further information, visit www.sunderlandlive.co.uk