Preston residents urged to celebrate egg rolling differently for 2021

Residents and visitors are being reminded that although the popular egg rolling event won’t be taking place this year on Preston’s Avenham Park, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved in Easter activities at home, or in one of Preston’s many parks and open spaces.

Monday, 29th March 2021, 3:26 pm
Children enjoy egg rolling in Avenham Park in 2019. This year's even has been cancelled because of the pandemic

However, they are being urged to take extra caution and avoid highly populated areas and large gatherings.

Due to current Government restrictions, egg rolling, cannot take place in Preston this Easter.

The long-standing annual event ordinarily takes place in Avenham and Miller Parks on Easter Monday, but for a second year in a row has had to be cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions.

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Adrian Phillips, Preston City Council chief executive, said: “We know cancelling the annual Egg Rolling event will be hugely disappointing to many people.

“Everyone’s lives have been turned upside down this past year throughout the pandemic and while there are rays of hope that our lives may return to normal soon, the virus remains a threat and we must respond to the latest national guidance.

“Please respect the regulations, be patient a little longer and celebrate at home or somewhere local to you. We ask that you do not gather in large groups or travel out of your way to attend Avenham and Miller Parks this Easter. We cannot wait for normality and traditions to resume, but it is not yet time.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming people back to events starting in May as the Government’s roadmap unfolds, whilst still exercising caution to ensure we can all return to normal as soon as it’s safe.”

This year, Preston City Council is asking people to try to beat last year’s attempts at rolling their eggs down the stairs at home or set up an adventure course in the garden or nearby open space.

Preston Markets is also hosting an egg decorating competition, with the chance to win vouchers and the Harris is facilitating a virtual egg hunt and sharing a range of relevant information across its social media channels.

The council is asking people to take a picture or video of their egg rolling and tag them in, using #EggRolling