Fun went downhill fast for hundreds of visitors to Herrington County Park today.
The annual Easter Penshaw Bowl eggroll was held at the parks’s amphitheatre and the spring sunshine really brought out the crowds.
Mayor of Sunderland Coun Barry Curran and Mayoress Carol were on hand to launch the proceedings and hand out the prizes to the youngsters whose eggs made it furthest down the slope.
Sainsburys donated the main prizes and enough mini eggs to make nobody went home empty-handed.
Coun Curran was delighted with the numbers taking part: “The turn-out today is absolutely fantastic,” he said.
“The weather has been with us this year, of course.
“I just want to say a big ‘well done’ to everyone who has taken part – the children have put so much effort into decorating their eggs, it rally had been wonderful to see.”
There was plenty of other entertainment as well as the eggroll itself, with fairground rides, face-painting and craft sessions throughout the day.
Alison McDonough is the new chief executive of Sunderland Live and was attending her first event organised by the company.
She was over the moon to see so many people turn out and said the decision to have two rolls – at 1pm and 2pm –meant everyone who turned up had been able to have their turn.
“This year people have been able to pre-register for two rolls, and that has worked really well,” she said.
“ What that means is every child will get to have a go.
“Of course, if we have to stay until midnight to make sure every child got to roll, we would – you can’t possibly not let everybody get a chocolate egg .
“It is wonderful to have an event that gets everybody out together into the fresh air.”
Little Ciaran Mootien was the first winner of the day, scooping first place in the five and under category.
Ciaran and dad Sean were part of a big family group from Sunderland that had come down to the park for the Bowl.
Sean was impressed by the event.
“It is the first time we have been and we have really enjoyed it,” he said.
“The turn-out is a bit bigger than I thought it would be.
“I didn’t expect it would be as big as this, but I suppose the sun has brought everybody out.
“It’s a proper family event and we have thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.