Hundreds out and about in Norfolk for host of Easter events

The King's Lynn Rotary Club have organised a easter egg hunt in the grounds of Sandringham - Leah Wi

The King's Lynn Rotary Club have organised a easter egg hunt in the grounds of Sandringham - Leah Wightman (10) surrounded by eggs. Picture: Matthew Usher

The weather might not have been very spring-like, but there were smiles all round at events across the region for the early Easter weekend.

Peter Tasker, president of the King's Lynn Rotary Club, chose to support the East Anglia Air Ambulance (EAAA) for his presidential year and proceeds from their Easter egg hunt went to the charity.

'We are hoping to raise £2,500-£3,000 for the East Anglia Air Ambulance. I have never seen so many children enjoying themselves like this, it's absolutely fantastic,' he said. 'They are having so much fun and it's all about the fun and thinking about the charity.'

The hunt was made up of 17 clues hidden in trail through the woodland.

Paula Rasberry, of King's Lynn, took her daughter Leah Wightman, 10, and son Jamie Wightman, seven.

She said: 'It's a very good set-up. We got a bit lost at one point but it was very good day.'

Chris Donaldson, area manager of the EAAA, said: 'It's a fantastic response from the public who have turned out on this chilly day to support this very good cause. They are helping us to save lives throughout the region.'

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Ludham was raining Easter eggs at St Catherine Church's annual egg drop.

The event saw dozens of families gather – designing and making cushioned carriers for raw eggs to sit in before being dropped from the top of the 14th century church tower.

Competitors were challenged to craft parachutes using plastic bags, boxes, string and other material which would protect the egg on its journey to the ground. The Easter fun day also featured a mini-egg hunt and plenty of craft activities.

A fried breakfast, spring flowers and Sheringham's new tourist information centre were just some of the themes of bonnets on show at an Easter parade organised by the town's Play Park Revamp fundraising group.

Committee members ran cake and face-painting stalls, while entertainment was provided by Sheringham Primary School teacher Becky Robinson and her 'musical' bicycle.

Revamp committee member Tricia Brooks said that although poor weather had meant the parade was much smaller than in previous years, the standard of bonnets had been 'tremendous'.

She added: 'There was a wonderful atmosphere and people were incredibly generous in donating cakes, so it really was a lovely event.'

Town crier Tony Nelson judged the bonnet competition, handing out vouchers donated by local toy store Starlings to the top three entries.

Proceeds will go to the £100,000 appeal to replace ageing and outdated equipment at Sheringham's Cromer Road playground.

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