Hundreds of people braved the wet weather yesterday to take part in Preston’s traditional Easter egg rolling event on Avenham Park.Advertisement
In a day packed full of events and entertainment, including Samba music and Bollywood dancing, a one man band, Victorian performers and a creative village, families from Preston, Lancashire and even further afield donned their coats and wellies to turn out and join in the fun.
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Egg rolling has been an important part of Preston’s history for hundreds of years, and Avenham Park regularly attracts hordes of people every year who come along to continue that tradition. The egg rolling this year was very special, as it coincided with the Preston Guild 2012 celebrations, and although the rain was relentless, it failed to dampen the spirits of those who didn’t want to miss out on this prestigious opportunity.
People were invited to roll their eggs every hour, but the main egg rolling event took place at 1pm. As it got nearer to the hour, participants and spectators began to line the top of Avenham Park’s famous hill above the Pavilion, and once there, they huddled under umbrellas to avoid the rain. As the compere counted down from ten, excited children grasped foil-wrapped chocolate eggs protected in clear plastic bags, with parents displaying similar signs of enthusiasm. At the signal, a shower of multicoloured eggs rained down the hill with kids in similarly multicoloured hats and scarves tumbling after them.
Ken Williams, General Manager of St. Georges Shopping Centre in Preston who sponsored the event, was down there early to watch the main egg roll before judging Easter bonnets later on in the afternoon. He said: “I came down with low expectations due to the poor weather but I think it shows the support that the community gives to the Guild and egg rolling in particular.”
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Speaking to families afterwards, it was clear that the poor weather would not have deterred them from attending, and this was partly due to tradition and the effort that Preston Guild had put in to make this year’s event extra special.
Vicky Lloyd, from Hertfordshire, was visiting family in Preston with her husband and young son and were keen to find out what Easter egg rolling was all about. She said: “I’ve never heard of it taking place anywhere else and I think it’s brilliant”. She was impressed by the variety of entertainment on offer, having also visited the bonnet making and story tents in the Creative Village, and praised Preston Guild organisers for putting on a good show.
Lynn Yates, who is from Penwortham, said her 69 year old husband has been egg rolling since he was a little boy. She was amazed that the event was completely free to attend, and called it a “fun, family day out”.
The Mellor family from Kirkham were taking part in their first ever Easter egg rolling event, but they were certain that it “wouldn’t be their last”.
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