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Annual Easter Avenham ‘Egg Rolling’ cancelled due to Coronavirus

Posted on - 23rd March, 2020 - 4:26pm | Author - | Posted in - Avenham, Parks, Preston History, Preston News, What's On in Preston
Kids send their Easter eggs flying down Avenham Park hill at the 2019 event Pic: Paul Melling
The 150 year tradition will not take place this year. Pic: Paul Melling

The traditional and much-loved Egg Rolling annual event is cancelled for 2020 due to the coronavirus.

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The annual event has been a big Easter tradition for Prestonians for over 150 years, with last year’s event brining an estimated 35,000 people to Avenham Park.

The Egg Rolling normally takes place on Easter Monday, bringing families and friends together, but this will be the first year Avenham park won’t host the event.

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Councillor Mathew Brown, Leader at Preston City Council, said,

“We all have a responsibility to follow advice to minimise the risks associated with the Covid-19 virus and to maintain social distancing to keep our families, loved ones and our communities safe.

“Staff at the council will continue to work in providing essential services to the residents of Preston, but we ask for your patience and understanding while we try our best to carry on as much as possible.”

All other events on council owned land, including in the Harris and in Preston City Council parks are also cancelled up to 2nd May, but this is under regular review.

Events being cancelled also include April’s Harris Live event and the Workers’ Memorial Day activities.

Read More: Easter Egg Rolling in Avenham Park drew modern day record crowds

Cabinet member for culture and leisure, Councillor Peter Kelly, added,

“We hope people can understand the measures being taken to protect everyone throughout the pandemic, but we also know that some people will be disappointed that egg rolling in particular is cancelled.

“These are unprecedented times.

“As a council we are stringently following Government and public health guidance and have not made these decisions lightly.”

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