Hats off to the Easter Bonnet parade

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The annual Easter Bonnet parade at Avenham Park turned the egg-rolling event into a feast of colour.

Even the Vicar of Preston, Fr Timothy Lipscomb, entered into the spirit with a striking creation of his own.

Fr Timothy, one of the judging panel, was sporting homemade headgear incorporating two feather boas - one pink and one yellow - a plastic tiara and a selection of decorated eggs.

The city’s mayor, Coun Veronica Afrin, also wore a hat for the occasion, although her wide-brimmed teal green offering was more ceremonial than sensational.

The judges had a tough job finding three prize-winners from 47 imaginative entries. But they eventually declared Olivia Taylor the winner.

Her pink straw offering was adorned with Easter bunnies and flowers and topped off with a nest of eggs. Olivia also had her face painted as a pink bunny to match her hat.

In second place came Jessica Lovett, with a creation which looked like a giant two-tier Easter cake, decorated in yellow with chicks and rabbits with a flutter of butterflies on top.

Close behind in third place was Rosie Yeung, who proudly showed off her three-tier entry which was arguably the most colourful of the lot, incorporating eggs, bunnies, chicks and butterflies.

Other fetching headgear which caught the eye included a large topper with a nest on top, a hat which was designed as a pink rabbit’s head with large ears, and a yellow and blue straw bonnet incorporating an Easter version of Christmas crackers.

The event also included free bonnet-making workshops for children to have a go at creating their own designs.

A Preston Council spokesman said: “This is an annual event which goes alongside the Easter Monday egg rolling and this year it was very well supported. We were delighted with the turnout.”




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