Youngsters go hunting for Easter eggs on Harpenden Common

PUBLISHED: 06:00 04 April 2015

The Easter Bunny surprises children in Harpenden

The Easter Bunny surprises children in Harpenden

Copyright © 2014 Mark Jewell

Easter came early to Harpenden with a mass egg hunt on the common, despite the less than cracking weather.

Close to 300 children braved the biting weather on Sunday (March 29) for the eggsciting new event organised by the Friends of Harpenden Free School.

As well as the hunt itself, there were indoor activities in Harpenden Cricket Club, including face painting and craft activities.

An Easter Bunny amused the children and there was magical storytelling from local business Drama Llamas.

Event planner Ruth Penfold said: “The town council kindly gave us permission to hold the hunt here, and the support from the town hall with planning such a large scale public event has been invaluable.

“After all our hard work it was lovely to see the children running around the common in excitement as they completed the hunt and then come inside to warm up.

“So many people turned up on the day wearing their waterproofs and Easter bonnets - overall the community support has been amazing.

“We had a hugely successful day of family entertainment and fundraising, and we hope to return to do it all again next year - though we will have fingers crossed for sunshine!”

She also extended her thanks to local businesses that had helped boost the school’s fundraising.

The Easter Bunny also made a surprise appearance at Harpenden’s Farmers Market on the previous Saturday to hand out stickers and promote the event.

Funds raised from ticket sales will help pay for equipment at the new school site in the town’s Victoria Road.

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