Hundreds turn out at Avenham Park for egg rolling tradition

Photo: David Hurst'Crowds at the Avenham Park Easter Egg Rolling event.
Photo: David Hurst'Crowds at the Avenham Park Easter Egg Rolling event.
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Thousands of visitors turned out to Avenham Park on Easter Monday to enjoy the annual Egg Rolling event.

The famous event took place as once again eggs big and small were sent tumbling down the hills to mark a tradition that dates back to the 1860s.

Photo: David Hurst'2 year old Emme and 4 year old Isla Fisher of Farington Moss at the Avenham Park Easter Egg Rolling event.

Photo: David Hurst'2 year old Emme and 4 year old Isla Fisher of Farington Moss at the Avenham Park Easter Egg Rolling event.

The popular event, which this year even featured in BBC’s Countryfile, saw a bumper programme of activities keep visitors entertained.

Easter egg rolling 150 years ago

Egg rolling took place every hour from 11.30am until 2.30pm as families brought their own eggs to roll down the hill of the park.

Leader of Preston Council, Peter Rankin said yesterday’s event was the busiest he’d seen in years.

Photo: David Hurst'These little Minnions can't get enouggh chocolate at the Avenham Park Easter Egg Rolling event. They are, Alice and William Thompson of Preston

Photo: David Hurst'These little Minnions can't get enouggh chocolate at the Avenham Park Easter Egg Rolling event. They are, Alice and William Thompson of Preston

He said: “There was so many people there and I can’t remember it being quite as popular as it was this year.

“There were lots of children having a great time and it’s a very unusual tradition you don’t see many other places.

“It’s a free day out in the beautiful Avenham Park and rolling eggs down hills - how can you not have fun?”

Coun Salim Desai, who represents the city centre on Preston Council, said: “It really is a great event and it brings people from different communities and backgrounds together.

Photo: David Hurst'Eggs are for eating for, from left, Benjamin Maddocks, James and Olivia Bourne and Alice and William Thompson, at the Avenham Park Easter Egg Rolling event.

Photo: David Hurst'Eggs are for eating for, from left, Benjamin Maddocks, James and Olivia Bourne and Alice and William Thompson, at the Avenham Park Easter Egg Rolling event.

“There’s lots of events for all the family and it gets youngsters down the park - which is a gem in the city.

“I think this just shows the brilliant things this city can put on when it wants to.”

As well as the traditional egg rolling, a host of other activities were also help throughout the afternoon. An Easter bonnet workshop and competition was held throughout the afternoon and there was the Big Eggsperiment organised by Mad Science, where children dressed up eggs and took park in mad cap experiments.

There were many other events which kept the large crowds entertained including songs by Gandini Juggling, Ear Trumpets by Gobbledegook Theatre, Kit and Caboodle by Thingumajig Theatre and Vegetable Nannies by Plungebloom.

Photo: David Hurst'Crowds at the Avenham Park Easter Egg Rolling event.

Photo: David Hurst'Crowds at the Avenham Park Easter Egg Rolling event.

Photo: David Hurst'6 year old Hannah Wallace at the Avenham Park Easter Egg Rolling event.

Photo: David Hurst'6 year old Hannah Wallace at the Avenham Park Easter Egg Rolling event.

Photo: David Hurst'Easter bundle for 9 year old Monika Dean of Fulwood at the Avenham Park Easter Egg Rolling event.

Photo: David Hurst'Easter bundle for 9 year old Monika Dean of Fulwood at the Avenham Park Easter Egg Rolling event.

Photo: David Hurst'Easter bonnets and chocolate covered face from 1 year old Martha Lynam of Preston at the Avenham Park Easter Egg Rolling event.

Photo: David Hurst'Easter bonnets and chocolate covered face from 1 year old Martha Lynam of Preston at the Avenham Park Easter Egg Rolling event.

Photo: David Hurst'Children join the National Institute for Sonic Geology members as they listen for eggs rolling at the Avenham Park Easter Egg Rolling event.

Photo: David Hurst'Children join the National Institute for Sonic Geology members as they listen for eggs rolling at the Avenham Park Easter Egg Rolling event.

Photo: David Hurst'5 year old Lucy Blackhurst of Fulwood, at the Avenham Park Easter Egg Rolling event.

Photo: David Hurst'5 year old Lucy Blackhurst of Fulwood, at the Avenham Park Easter Egg Rolling event.

Photo: David Hurst'Grace and Abbie Livesey of Preston listen to the sonic booms of egg rolling at the Avenham Park Easter Egg Rolling event.

Photo: David Hurst'Grace and Abbie Livesey of Preston listen to the sonic booms of egg rolling at the Avenham Park Easter Egg Rolling event.