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Families take part in egg rolling
Families take part in egg rolling
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Wellies and umbrellas were the order of the day as families braved the showers to roll their eggs on Avenham Park in Preston.

Hundreds of youngsters lined the top of the hill opposite Avenham Pavillion to hurl their foil covered or painted hard boiled eggs to the bottom as part of the long running Easter tradition yesterday.

Families made the most of a range of indoor entertainment including Easter bonnet making workshops in Miller Park and bands playing under the bridge connecting two parks.

Those who braved the outdoors were treated to a host of colourful stage performances including Panache Bollywood Dancers and the Baybeat Carnival Band who pulled on red hoodies to keep off the rain as they paraded through the park playing Bring Me Sunshine.

The Batala Samba Band also injected some warmth into chilly afternoon with Brazillian beats, while performers dressed as Victorian characters from the Temperance Society tried to keep everyone on their best behaviour.

Twins Chase and Tyler Webster, four, of Penwortham, enjoyed rolling hard boiled eggs they had decorated at home.

Mum Gemma said: “We’ve been coming since the boys were young, they love it. They have been on the fair and entered the Easter Bonnet competition.”

Three-year-old Thea Milson, of Ashton, had a great time splashing in the puddles in her wellies. Mum Tanya said: “We always come every year. The weather is not great if you put them in their wellies then it is fine.”

Father Timothy Lipscomb, the vicar of Preston, was on hand to help judge the Easter Bonnet contest.

He said: “The turnout has not been too bad considering the great Lancashire weather! It gets communities together and gets people talking.”

Tim Joel, events officer at Preston Council, added: “Although the weather wasn’t great we still had plenty of people coming out and getting into the spirit of things. “The activities under cover like the workshops meant people could get involved and keep dry.”