Egg hunt is a success for Kettering town centre

Chocolate Winner: Left to right: Victoria Gosling, Kettering council community services apprentice, Nicholas Norris, seven, winner Lynda Cave, manager of Thorntons Chocolate Shop

Chocolate Winner: Left to right: Victoria Gosling, Kettering council community services apprentice, Nicholas Norris, seven, winner Lynda Cave, manager of Thorntons Chocolate Shop

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The winner of an Easter egg hunt involving schools and nurseries across Kettering borough has been presented with his prize.

Children took part in decorating giant cardboard eggs which were hidden in shops in the town centre, with the participants given clues indicating which shops the eggs were hidden in.

Each child received a small prize and a swimming pass from Parkwood Leisure. There was also the chance to be entered into a prize draw to win a giant chocolate egg courtesy of Thorntons, with Nicholas Norris, seven, emerging as the lucky winner.

The hunt was designed by Kettering council to try and encourage more people to shop in the town centre.

Nicholas’s mother, Anna Norris, said: “We really enjoyed our egg hunt around the town centre. A lot of effort has gone into this activity and some of the egg decoration was amazing. Nicholas is delighted to have won the Thorntons prize.”

Andrea Peel, owner of Javajava, which took part in hosting an egg, said: “At Javajava, we thought that the Eggs Factor was a great idea and it certainly gave people the chance to explore the town and to go to shops and businesses that they have never been to before.

“It was lovely to see how excited the children were when they found the egg and were able to add its name to their list.”

Head of Community Services at Kettering council, Valerie Hitchman, said: “The Eggs Factor was a great success, increasing trade and footfall into shops just as we hoped it would. It’s also fantastic to hear that so many families enjoyed taking part.”