Preston’s egg rolling will go ahead despite water-logged park

  • Easter egg rolling in Preston dates back more than 100 years
  • Avenham Park set to host this years event even though grass is water-logged
  • Organisers have pledged that the event will go on whatever the weather
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An historic egg rolling event is due to take place in a Preston park - despite a ‘lake’ appearing on the site.

Avenham Park will host the family event, which dates back more than 100 years, on Easter Monday, even though this week’s bad weather has seen grass become water-logged.

SOGGY: Youngsters splashing in the water at Preston's Avenham Park

SOGGY: Youngsters splashing in the water at Preston's Avenham Park

Council chiefs have pledged the egg rolling will go ahead whatever the weather.

Organisers said that even when the event had been cancelled previously, families had still turned out to roll their eggs.

Matthew Kelly, head of parks and open spaces at Preston Council, said: “Egg rolling is a great tradition in Preston.

“In past years during really bad weather when the event was cancelled, the public turned up anyway to roll their eggs – the rain won’t stop hardy Prestonians!

In past years during really bad weather when the event was cancelled, the public turned up anyway to roll their eggs – the rain won’t stop hardy Prestonians!

Matthew Kelly

“There is lots on offer this year, including CBeeebies presenter Alex Winter and children’s entertainer Mr Yipadee.”

The event, from 11am to 4pm, will also include a Mad Hatter’s tea party and a music workshop, as well as an Easter bonnet workshop and competitions.

There will be photo shoots with an old fashioned photographer, and a traditional Indian magic show including an original snake charming routine. Bosses said different acts had been allocated spaces on the park and would be moved elsewhere on the park if they had to be because of the weather, but said egg rolling would not be cancelled.

A project was undertaken last year to restore the Western Grotto, and to try to tackle the drainage problem at the park.

The park became waterlogged in summer 2012 during the Guild, which sparked the drainage project to take place.